27 days in Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

27 days in Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

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27 days in Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 10 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Sydney
— 13 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Amsterdam

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.
Relax by the water at Thornton Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Four Mile Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove), Cape Tribulation (Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness & Daintree National Park) and Port Douglas (Safaris, Horses in Port, & more). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Trinity Beach, choose your vessel at Shaolin Junk Cruises, look for all kinds of wild species at Green Arrow Walk, and hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cairns is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 9 hours. In September, Cairns is somewhat warmer than Amsterdam - with highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

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

13
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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Sydney Opera House and Australian National Maritime Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Bondi Beach and Coachwood Glen Nature Trail. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge), Everglades Historic House and Gardens (in Leura) and Blue Mountains National Park (The National Pass, Lincoln's Rock, & more). Spend the 16th (Mon) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. Spend the 17th (Tue) exploring nature at Kanangra-Boyd National Park. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of The Rocks, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Sydney tour planner.

You can fly from Cairns to Sydney in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in September, expect Sydney to be a bit cooler, temps between 25°C and 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Manly, Blackheath, Everglades Historic House and Gardens, Sydney Harbour National Park
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

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