18 days in Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

18 days in Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

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18 days in Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  23​h
1
Cairns
— 9 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Manchester


9
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Port Douglas (Safaris, Flagstaff Hill Lookout, & more), Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Palm Cove Beach, & more) and Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan). Spend the 8th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy the sand and surf at Thornton Beach, admire all the interesting features of Captain Cook Highway, and take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Cairns travel planning tool .

Manchester, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Cairns is 10 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in May: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Cape Tribulation, Walu Wugirriga Lookout
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

5
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.
Spend the 20th (Mon) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's much more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, and admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Sydney vacation builder tool .

Getting from Cairns to Sydney by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Cairns in May; daily highs in Sydney reach 24°C and lows reach 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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