17 days in Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

17 days in Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

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17 days in Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Dusseldorf
train + Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 7 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Dusseldorf

7
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.
Bring the kids along to Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Thornton Beach and Trinity Beach. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Village Gallery, Spas & Wellness, & more) and Safaris (in Port Douglas). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Ellis Beach, have some family-friendly fun at Cairns Kart Hire Track, view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planner .

Dusseldorf, Germany to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. In February, Cairns is warmer than Dusseldorf - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Ellis Beach, Safaris, Trinity Beach, Cairns Kart Hire Track
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

6
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.
Family-friendly places like Bondi Beach and Australian National Maritime Museum will thrill your kids. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Manly Beach and Coogee Beach. Take a break from Sydney with a short trip to Shelly Beach in Manly, about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Freshwater Beach, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and hike along Maroubra Beach Rocky Climb.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Sydney trip planning app .

Getting from Cairns to Sydney by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in February, expect Sydney to be slightly colder, temps between 31°C and 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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