27 days in Cairns, Fraser Island & Sydney Itinerary

27 days in Cairns, Fraser Island & Sydney Itinerary

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27 days in Cairns, Fraser Island & Sydney Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 9 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h
2
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
3
Sydney
— 13 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: London

9
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Palm Cove Beach and Atherton Tablelands. We've included these beaches for you: Trinity Beach and Four Mile Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove), Jaques Coffee Plantation (in Mareeba) and Rex Lookout (in Wangetti). Spend the 19th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 24th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, look for all kinds of wild species at Michaelmas Cay, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cairns day trip planner .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 10 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from London in January: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 37°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Babinda Boulders, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): stroll through Eli Creek and then stroll through Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Fraser Island online day trip planner .

Do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Cairns to Fraser Island in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Fraser Island when traveling from Cairns in January, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie

13
nights
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 itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Clovelly. Get in touch with nature at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Manly Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Everglades Historic House and Gardens (in Leura), Katoomba (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Wentworth Falls, & more) and Palm Beach (in Palm Beach). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Coogee Beach, trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, stroll through Shelly Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Sydney takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. When traveling from Fraser Island in January, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sydney: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 23°C at night. On the 12th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Katoomba, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Shelly Beach, Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park, Everglades Historic House and Gardens
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Bronte Beach ©
Bronte Beach
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman

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