17 days in Alice Springs, Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

17 days in Alice Springs, Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

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17 days in Alice Springs, Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Cardiff
train + Fly:  30​h
1
Alice Springs
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Cardiff

5
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Alice Springs is known for wildlife, museums, historic sites, shopping, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, contemplate the long history of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, head outdoors with Alice Springs Aquatic and Leisure Centre, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Alice Springs online trip itinerary planner .

Cardiff, UK to Alice Springs is an approximately 30-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Cardiff to Alice Springs, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Cardiff in July since evenings lows in Alice Springs dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Walking tours
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park

5
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip maker tool .

Getting from Alice Springs to Sydney by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Alice Springs in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sydney, with lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

4
nights
Cairns

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery (in Mossman), Port Douglas (Safaris, Horses in Port, & more) and Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Spas). There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cairns day trip planning site .

Fly from Sydney to Cairns in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 30°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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