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
— 9 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Sydney
— 8 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: London

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness. We've included these beaches for you: Palm Cove Beach and Four Mile Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove), Port Douglas (Safaris & Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas) and Daintree National Park (in Cape Tribulation). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yorkeys Knob Beach, and get interesting insight from Shaolin Junk Cruises.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary planner.

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Cairns. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from London in December; daily highs in Cairns reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Wonga Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

8
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.
The Rocks and St Phillip's Anglican church will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Bondi Beach and Clovelly. Step out of Sydney with an excursion to Shelly Beach in Manly--about 36 minutes away. Spend the 18th (Tue) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's much more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dee Why Beach, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sydney visit site .

Fly from Cairns to Sydney in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in December, expect Sydney to be slightly colder, temps between 32°C and 21°C. On the 21st (Fri), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Shelly Beach, Sydney Harbour National Park
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

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