17 days in Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

17 days in Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

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17 days in Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Cairns
— 8 nights
End: Cairns

7
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 find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Katoomba (Blue Mountains, Boar’s Head Lookout, & more). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and stroll through Manly Beach.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney vacation planner.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. In September, daytime highs in Sydney are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Katoomba
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

8
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach, Annie's Ladies Boutique, & more) and Port Douglas (Scuba & Snorkeling, Safaris, & more). Spend the 21st (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and make a trip to Green Island.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cairns day trip website .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Cairns takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, Cairns is a bit warmer than Sydney - with highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Mossman Gorge
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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