20 days in Cairns, Newcastle & Sydney Itinerary

20 days in Cairns, Newcastle & Sydney Itinerary

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20 days in Cairns, Newcastle & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Newcastle
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Los Angeles

5
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 get in some beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Four Mile Beach. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery (in Mossman), Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas (in Port Douglas) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). Spend the 26th (Mon) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, explore and take pictures at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, and hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary builder site .

Los Angeles, USA to Cairns is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 18 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Los Angeles in November: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 87°F and lows are around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Newcastle.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Daintree National Park
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

4
nights
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Take a break from the city and head to Newcastle Beach and Bennetts Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Jimmy's Beach and Cellito Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Newcastle: Vomo the store (in Nelson Bay), Shoal Bay (Zenith Beach & Tomaree Head) and Fingal Bay Beach (in Fingal Bay). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nobbys Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Redhead Beach, explore the activities along Glenrock Lagoon, and take in the pleasant sights at Newcastle Memorial Walk.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Newcastle online journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Newcastle takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in November, things will get little chillier in Newcastle: highs are around 79°F and lows about 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Newcastle

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Hawks Nest, Shoal Bay, Cellito Beach, Vomo the store, Fingal Bay Beach
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Newcastle Beach ©
Newcastle Beach
Nobbys Beach ©
Nobbys Beach
Cellito Beach ©
Cellito Beach

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.
Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Get outdoors at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Manly Beach. Step out of Sydney to go to Manly and see Shelly Beach, which is approximately 36 minutes away. Spend the 8th (Sat) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. The adventure continues: see a show at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Newport Beach, take a stroll through The Rocks, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney route planner .

You can drive from Newcastle to Sydney in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

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