30 days in Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

30 days in Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

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30 days in Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  24​h
1
Sydney
— 12 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Cairns
— 16 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Amsterdam

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.
Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba), Everglades Historic House and Gardens (in Leura) and Gallery Blackheath (in Blackheath). Spend the 11th (Thu) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. The adventure continues: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach, and admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planner .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Sydney is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in October; daily highs in Sydney reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wentworth Falls, Everglades Historic House and Gardens, Gallery Blackheath, Sydney Harbour National Park
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

16
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, Four Mile Beach, & more), Cape Tribulation (Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness & Daintree National Park) and Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Palm Cove Beach, & more). Spend the 18th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 31st (Wed) exploring nature at Barron Gorge National Park. There's lots more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, choose your vessel at Shaolin Junk Cruises, tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinity Beach, and take in the dramatic scenery at Josephine Falls.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns online trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, Cairns is a bit warmer than Sydney - with highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C. You'll set off for home on the 2nd (Fri).

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Crystal Cascades, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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