23 days in Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

23 days in Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

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23 days in Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Newcastle upon Tyne
Fly:  26​h
1
Cairns
— 10 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Sydney
— 9 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Newcastle upon Tyne

10
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Historic Village Herberton and Mulgrave Settlers Museum. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda), Port Douglas (Agincourt Reef & Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas) and Cape Tribulation (Daintree National Park & Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness). Spend the 18th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge, experience rural life at Jaques Coffee Plantation, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, UK to Cairns is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Newcastle upon Tyne in June: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 30°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, The Crystal Caves, Mulgrave Settlers Museum, Jaques Coffee Plantation, Mossman Gorge Centre
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Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Nan Tien Temple and The National Pass. Visit Shelly Beach and Clovelly for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Kiama Blowhole (in Kiama), Southern Highland Wines (in Sutton Forest) and Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba). There's lots more to do: Head underground at Jenolan Caves, identify plant and animal life at Featherdale Wildlife Park, explore the activities along Watson's Bay, and stroll through Bronte Beach.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney online journey planner .

Getting from Cairns to Sydney by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in June, things will get little chillier in Sydney: highs are around 21°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Kiama Blowhole, The National Pass, Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame
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Art Gallery of New South Wales ©
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Bronte Beach ©
Bronte Beach
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman

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