26 days in Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

26 days in Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

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26 days in Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 12 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Cairns
— 13 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Sydney

12
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.
The Rocks and Nan Tien Temple will appeal to history buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jenolan Caves and The Bay Tree Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Werri Beach (in Gerringong), Kiama (Kiama Produce Market, Starfish Education Centre, & more) and The Milk Factory Gallery and Exhibition Space (in Bowral). There's lots more to do: stroll through Bondi Beach, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and see a show at Sydney Opera House.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Sydney. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Berrima, Kiama, Leura, Wollongong, Congwong Beach
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Art Gallery of New South Wales ©
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains

13
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.
For shopping fun, head to Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio or Coffee Works. Daintree Discovery Centre and Historic Village Herberton are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove), Kuranda (Butterfly Shop Kuranda, Peter Jarver Gallery, & more) and Cow Bay Beach (in Cow Bay). Spend the 17th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 20th (Thu) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge, and stroll through Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns tour itinerary tool .

Fly from Sydney to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in December, things will get a bit warmer in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Kuranda, Herberton, Cow Bay, Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 28:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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