17 days in Sydney, Whitsunday Islands & Cairns Itinerary

17 days in Sydney, Whitsunday Islands & Cairns Itinerary

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17 days in Sydney, Whitsunday Islands & Cairns Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Hamilton Island
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Take a break from the city and head to Bondi Beach and North Head Sanctuary. Venture out of the city with trips to Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). And it doesn't end there: see a show at Sydney Opera House, race across the water with a speed boat tour, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, and enjoy the sand and surf at Balmoral Beach, Mosman.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney itinerary builder website .

London, UK to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from London to Sydney, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in August, things will get little chillier in Sydney: highs are around 22°C and lows about 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Katoomba, Manly, Balmoral Beach, Mosman
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Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

5
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Catseye Beach and Hamilton Island Golf Club. Bring the kids along to Scuba & Snorkeling and Wild life Hamilton Island. There's lots more to do: go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina, get your game on at Sports Club, make a trip to Passage Peak, and admire all the interesting features of Go-Kart Racing Track.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Hamilton Island online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Sydney to Hamilton Island by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. In August, Hamilton Island is somewhat warmer than Sydney - with highs of 26°C and lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Go-Kart Racing Track ©
Go-Kart Racing Track

4
nights
Cairns

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Family-friendly places like Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and Michaelmas Cay will thrill your kids. Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Babinda Boulders in Babinda--about 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

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Traveling by flight from Hamilton Island to Cairns takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hamilton Island in August: highs in Cairns hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Babinda Boulders
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Shark Diving

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