17 days in Cairns Region & New South Wales Itinerary

17 days in Cairns Region & New South Wales Itinerary

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17 days in Cairns Region & New South Wales Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  28​h
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Port Macquarie
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Forster
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
4
Parkes
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Dubbo
— 1 night
6
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Manchester

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach, and then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Cairns is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Cairns is 10 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in October: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 34°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

4
nights
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Get in touch with nature at Koala Hospital and Coastal walk. Popular historic sites such as Tacking Point Lighthouse and Smoky Cape Lighthouse are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Port Macquarie: Scotts Head Beach (in Scotts Head) and Trial Bay Gaol (in South West Rocks). Next up on the itinerary: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Thomas Anglican Church.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Macquarie trip planner.

Fly from Cairns to Port Macquarie in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Cairns in October: highs in Port Macquarie hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Forster.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

South West Rocks, Scotts Head Beach
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Trial Bay Gaol ©
Trial Bay Gaol
Scotts Head Beach ©
Scotts Head Beach

2
nights
Forster

Forster ©
Forster is a coastal town in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia, in the Mid-Coast Council LGA, about 308km north-north-east of Sydney. On the 3rd (Sat), kick back and relax at Elizabeth Beach and then kick back and relax at Cellito Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: visit a coastal fixture at Seal Rocks Lighthouse, then take in the exciting artwork at Whitewashed Gallery, then get great views at Bennetts Head Lookout, and finally identify plant and animal life at Seven Mile Beach.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Forster holiday site .

Traveling by car from Port Macquarie to Forster takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Port Macquarie in November, expect nights in Forster to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Parkes.

Things to do in Forster

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Whitewashed Gallery, Cellito Beach, Elizabeth Beach, Seal Rocks Lighthouse
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Cellito Beach ©
Cellito Beach
Bennetts Head Lookout ©
Bennetts Head Lookout

1
night
Parkes

Parkes ©
Parkes is a town in New South Wales, Australia. For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Parkes day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Forster to Parkes takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Dubbo.

Things to do in Parkes

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
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Parkes Radio Telescope ©
Parkes Radio Telescope
War Memorial ©
War Memorial
Memorial Hill Lookout ©
Memorial Hill Lookout

1
night
Dubbo

Dubbo ©
Visit the city of Dubbo, the most populous urban area in the Orana Region, for an exciting and thriving multicultural city from which to explore the surrounding Great Western Plains.
On the 6th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Old Dubbo Gaol, learn about winemaking at Red Earth Estate, then see the sky in a new way at Dubbo Observatory, and finally browse the collection at Macquarie Regional Library. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet the residents at Taronga Western Plains Zoo.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Dubbo day trip planning site .

You can drive from Parkes to Dubbo in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in November, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Dubbo

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
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Taronga Western Plains Zoo ©
Taronga Western Plains Zoo
Old Dubbo Gaol ©
Old Dubbo Gaol
Dubbo Observatory ©
Dubbo Observatory

3
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Camp Cove. Let the collections at Australian National Maritime Museum and Art Gallery of New South Wales capture your imagination. The adventure continues: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, make a trip to Sydney Opera House, and enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Dubbo to Sydney takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Dubbo, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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