21 days in Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

21 days in Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

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21 days in Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  24​h
1
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Cairns
— 11 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Redhead Beach and Natural Necessity. You'll explore and learn at Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery and Australian Centre for Photography. Venture out of the city with trips to Kiama Blowhole (in Kiama), Byvonne (in Wyong) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, see a show at Sydney Opera House, stroll through Coogee Beach, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sydney online attractions planner .

London, UK to Sydney is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in October, expect Sydney to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gerringong, Wanda Beach, Byvonne, Redhead Beach, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

11
nights
Cairns

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 Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio and Trinity Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Agincourt Reef and Daintree National Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Jaques Coffee Plantation (in Mareeba), Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Hartley's Crocodile Adventures) and Yungaburra Markets (in Yungaburra). Spend the 2nd (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 9th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge, stop by With Sugar, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and explore the galleries of Daintree Discovery Centre.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in October, with highs in Cairns at 34°C and lows at 24°C. You will leave for home on the 11th (Sun).

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Kuranda, Palm Cove, Daintree Discovery Centre, Tanks Arts Centre
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Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre
Scuba & Snorkeling
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton

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