19 days in Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

19 days in Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

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19 days in Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  24​h
1
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Cairns
— 8 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

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.
Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba) and Gallery Blackheath (in Blackheath). Spend the 29th (Tue) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's lots more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney journey planner .

London, UK to Sydney is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from London in January, with highs in Sydney at 32°C and lows at 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wentworth Falls, Gallery Blackheath
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach), Port Douglas (Safaris, Four Mile Beach, & more) and Cape Tribulation (Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness & Daintree National Park). Spend the 31st (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones, have some family-friendly fun at Cairns Kart Hire Track, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cairns online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in January; daily highs in Cairns reach 37°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Cape Tribulation, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Cairns Kart Hire Track
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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