18 days in Sydney, Fraser Island & Cairns Itinerary

18 days in Sydney, Fraser Island & Cairns Itinerary

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18 days in Sydney, Fraser Island & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 15​min
2
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 7 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Los Angeles

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Camp Cove. Step off the beaten path and head to Kiama Blowhole and Nan Tien Temple. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Katoomba (Wentworth Falls & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours), Lincoln's Rock (in Blue Mountains National Park) and Kiama Harbour (in Kiama). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, hike along Manly Scenic Walkway, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney visit planning website .

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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 18 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Sydney. Traveling from Los Angeles in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kiama, Katoomba, Lincoln's Rock, Manly Spirits Co. Distillery, Nan Tien Temple
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Kiama Blowhole ©
Kiama Blowhole
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach, explore the activities along Boomanjin lake, and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest, then explore the activities along Lake Birrabeen, and then explore the activities along Wanggoolba Creek.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Fraser Island attractions planner.

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Sydney to Fraser Island in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and car. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in December, and nighttime lows around 68°F. On the 6th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Central Station Rainforest ©
Central Station Rainforest

7
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Historic Village Herberton and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Step out of the city life by going to Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Atherton Tablelands. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre (in Atherton), Birdworld Kuranda (in Kuranda) and Port Douglas (Safaris & Four Mile Beach). Spend the 7th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 12th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, head off the coast to Michaelmas Cay, make a trip to The Afghanistan Avenue of Honour, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cairns route maker site .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Cairns takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In December, daytime highs in Cairns are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Kuranda, Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, The Afghanistan Avenue of Honour, The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands
Safaris

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