20 days in Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

20 days in Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

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20 days in Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Sydney
— 10 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: London

6
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Balloon Rides and Trinity Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Kuranda (Opal Time, Birdworld Kuranda, & more), Port Douglas (Agincourt Reef, St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, & more) and Rex Lookout (in Wangetti). Spend the 8th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: have fun at Muddy's Playground, brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones, and appreciate the history behind Cairns Cenotaph.

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London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from London in May: highs in Cairns hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Kuranda, Port Douglas, Rex Lookout, Trinity Beach, Henry Ross Lookout
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Scuba & Snorkeling
River Rafting & Tubing
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

10
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kiama Blowhole and Room Escape Games. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Govetts Leap (in Blackheath), Shelly Beach (in Manly) and Katoomba (Wentworth Falls, The Three Sisters, & more). Dedicate the 21st (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: see a show at Sydney Opera House, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Nan Tien Temple.

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Traveling by flight from Cairns to Sydney takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cairns in May, with highs in Sydney at 24°C and lows at 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Katoomba, Manly, Kiama, Leura Cascades, Govetts Leap
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Photography Tours
Govetts Leap ©
Govetts Leap
The Giant Stairway ©
The Giant Stairway

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