17 days in Sydney, Alice Springs & Cairns Itinerary

17 days in Sydney, Alice Springs & Cairns Itinerary

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17 days in Sydney, Alice Springs & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  18​h
1
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Alice Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Los Angeles

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Rocks and Justice & Police Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Next up on the itinerary: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Freshwater Beach, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

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Los Angeles, USA to Sydney is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles to Sydney, you'll lose 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in December; daily highs in Sydney reach 81°F and lows reach 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Balmoral Beach, Mosman
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at The Kangaroo Sanctuary and Alice Springs Desert Park. Spend the 31st (Mon) exploring nature at Finke Gorge National Park. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Gillen, examine the collection at Hartley Street School Museum, and take some stellar pictures from Anzac Hill.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Alice Springs journey planner.

Fly from Sydney to Alice Springs in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in December, you will find days in Alice Springs are a bit warmer (95°F), and nights are about the same (69°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Nature Wildlife
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness (in Cape Tribulation) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). There's much more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cairns trip planner.

You can fly from Alice Springs to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Alice Springs in January, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cairns: temperatures range from 89°F by day to 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Safaris
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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