22 days in Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

22 days in Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

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22 days in Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 8 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Sydney
— 10 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Zurich

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Horses in Port, & more), Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Daintree National Park (in Cape Tribulation). Next up on the itinerary: tour the water at your own pace with Shaolin Junk Cruises, have some family-friendly fun at Laserfun, let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns tour itinerary planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Cape Tribulation, Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

10
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Bouddi National Park. Get in touch with nature at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Coogee Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Shelly Beach (in Manly), Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba) and Blue Mountains National Park (Lincoln's Rock & Pulpit Rock Lookout). Spend the 4th (Sun) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. Spend the 13th (Tue) exploring nature at Kamay Botany Bay National Park. The adventure continues: stroll through Manly Beach, head off the coast to Shark Island, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney itinerary website .

Getting from Cairns to Sydney by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Cairns in August, with highs in Sydney at 22°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Kamay Botany Bay National Park, Wentworth Falls, Shelly Beach, Bouddi National Park
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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