22 days in Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

22 days in Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

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22 days in Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  27​h
1
Cairns
— 9 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Sydney
— 9 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Toronto

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.
Get outdoors at Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Visit Historic Village Herberton and St Monica's Cathedral for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas (in Port Douglas), Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda) and Cape Tribulation (Daintree National Park & Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness). Spend the 7th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 4th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge, choose your vessel at Shaolin Junk Cruises, explore the striking landscape at Babinda Boulders, and let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cairns trip app .

Toronto, Canada to Cairns is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, car, and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Toronto to Cairns, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Toronto in September: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 33°C and lows are around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Historic Village Herberton, The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 13:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

9
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Rocks and Sydney Opera House. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Jenolan Caves and Wentworth Falls. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Kiama (Starfish Education Centre & Kiama Blowhole), Blue Mountains National Park (The National Pass, Pulpit Rock Lookout, & more) and Nan Tien Temple (in Wollongong). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, make a trip to Echo Point Lookout, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and identify plant and animal life at North Head Sanctuary.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Sydney driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Sydney takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Cairns in September; daily highs in Sydney reach 25°C and lows reach 14°C. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Katoomba, Kiama, North Head Sanctuary, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 23:
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Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Featherdale Wildlife Park ©
Featherdale Wildlife Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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