20 days in Sydney, Cairns & Darwin Itinerary

20 days in Sydney, Cairns & Darwin Itinerary

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20 days in Sydney, Cairns & Darwin Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Darwin
— 6 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Dubai

5
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.
Bring the kids along to Bondi Beach and Australian National Maritime Museum. Spend the 13th (Sat) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at Chinese Garden of Friendship, take a stroll through The Rocks, and enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Sydney itinerary planning app .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Sydney is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Sydney is 6 hours. Traveling from Dubai in April, you will find days in Sydney are cooler (26°C), and nights are little chillier (17°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Little Manly Beach, Sydney Harbour National Park
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

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.
Kids will enjoy Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. Venture out of the city with trips to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove), Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach) and Port Douglas (Four Mile Beach & Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones, and take a tour by water with Shaolin Junk Cruises.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns road trip planning site .

Fly from Sydney to Cairns in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in April, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Cape Tribulation, Cairns Kart Hire Track, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

6
nights
Darwin

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Crocosaurus Cove. Change things up with a short trip to Litchfield National Park in Batchelor (about 1h 45 min away). And it doesn't end there: tour the water at your own pace with Offshore Boats, enjoy some diversion at Nightcliff Aquatic Centre, get outside with Far Out Adventures, and look for gifts at Embella Jewellery.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Darwin trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Darwin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairns in April, expect nights in Darwin to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 38°C. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Darwin

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Litchfield National Park
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
Crocosaurus Cove ©
Crocosaurus Cove

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