24 days in Cairns & North Sydney Itinerary

24 days in Cairns & North Sydney Itinerary

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24 days in Cairns & North Sydney Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  28​h
1
Cairns
— 10 nights
Fly + train:  4​h 45​min
2
North Sydney
— 10 nights
Drive + Fly:  28​h
End: Dublin

10
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 find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Port Douglas (Safaris, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more), Daintree National Park (in Cape Tribulation) and Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Palm Cove Beach, & more). Spend the 16th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cairns trip website .

Dublin, Ireland to Cairns is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Dublin to Cairns, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Dublin in July, with highs in Cairns at 30°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to North Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Cattana Wetlands, Mossman Gorge Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

10
nights
North Sydney

North Sydney ©
North Sydney is a suburb and major district on the Lower North Shore of Sydney, Australia. Get out of town with these interesting North Sydney side-trips: Coachwood Glen Nature Trail (in Megalong Valley), Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves) and Logan Brae Orchard (in Blackheath). Spend the 5th (Mon) exploring nature at Kanangra-Boyd National Park. Spend the 2nd (Fri) exploring nature at Bouddi National Park. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Taronga Zoo, get outside with Trees Adventure Grose River Park, hike along Grand Canyon track, and take some stellar pictures from Pulpit Rock Lookout.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the North Sydney road trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Cairns to North Sydney takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Cairns in July; daily highs in North Sydney reach 20°C and lows reach 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in North Sydney

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Katoomba, Kanangra-Boyd National Park, Convict Trail, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail
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Taronga Zoo ©
Taronga Zoo
Jenolan Caves ©
Jenolan Caves
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

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