20 days in Sydney, Airlie Beach & Cairns Itinerary

20 days in Sydney, Airlie Beach & Cairns Itinerary

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20 days in Sydney, Airlie Beach & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 14 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 45​min
2
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Sydney

14
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.
Head to Sydney Fish Market and Brett Whiteley Studiofor some retail therapy. Get in touch with nature at Bondi Beach and Sydney Harbour National Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Featherdale Wildlife Park (in Blacktown), Katoomba (Wentworth Falls, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, & more) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). Spend the 15th (Mon) exploring nature at Berowra Valley National Park. Spend the 10th (Wed) exploring nature at Bradleys Head Trail. There's much more to do: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, get a taste of the local shopping with Queen Victoria Building (QVB), stroll through Coogee Beach, and revel in the low prices at Birkenhead Point Brand Outlet.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney road trip planning site .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in July, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Katoomba, Blue Mountains National Park, Berowra Valley National Park, Shelly Beach, Featherdale Wildlife Park
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

1
night
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Airlie Beach tour planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Airlie Beach takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Airlie Beach, with lows of 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas and then experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cairns holiday site .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Cairns by combination of ferry and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in July, you will find days in Cairns are a bit warmer (79°F), and nights are about the same (64°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Sunday Market Port Douglas
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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