22 days in Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

22 days in Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

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22 days in Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 11 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Cairns
— 8 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Montreal

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.
Appreciate the collections at Australian National Maritime Museum and Hyde Park Barracks Museum. Visit The Rocks and The National Pass for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). Spend the 25th (Tue) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. The adventure continues: see a show at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, and explore the world behind art at Brett Whiteley Studio.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney driving holiday planner.

Montreal, Canada to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) is 15 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Montreal in December; daily highs in Sydney reach 32°C and lows reach 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Sydney Harbour National Park, The National Pass, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Shelly Beach
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery and Bones and Jones. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Palm Cove Beach and Four Mile Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Port Douglas (Safaris & Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas), Cape Tribulation (Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness & Daintree National Park) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). Spend the 27th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, and stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cairns journey planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Daintree National Park, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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