22 days in Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

22 days in Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

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22 days in Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 8 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Sydney
— 11 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Berlin

8
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Agincourt Reef and Mossman Gorge. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery (in Mossman), Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas & Horses in Port) and Cape Tribulation (Daintree National Park & Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness). Spend the 17th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, identify plant and animal life at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, tour the pleasant surroundings at Anzac Park, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip builder app .

Berlin, Germany to Cairns is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 9 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Daintree National Park, Cairns Kart Hire Track
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

11
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.
Visit Bondi Beach and Manly Beach for some beach relaxation. Step off the beaten path and head to Jenolan Caves and Bouddi National Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Blue Mountains National Park (Pulpit Rock Lookout, Lincoln's Rock, & more), Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba) and Coachwood Glen Nature Trail (in Megalong Valley). Spend the 27th (Sat) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's still lots to do: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, stroll through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and relax in the rural setting at Calmsley Hill City Farm.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Sydney trip itinerary site .

Getting from Cairns to Sydney by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cairns in July: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 21°C and lows are around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Shelly Beach, Sydney Harbour National Park, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, Wentworth Falls
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Jenolan Caves ©
Jenolan Caves
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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