31 days in Cairns Region & Sydney Itinerary

31 days in Cairns Region & Sydney Itinerary

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31 days in Cairns Region & Sydney Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 13 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Sydney
— 14 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: London

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Botanical Gardens and Nature & Wildlife Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach, Village Gallery, & more). Spend the 3rd (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, get interesting insight from Tours, and enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cairns online trip itinerary builder .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to Cairns, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from London in January; daily highs in Cairns reach 37°C and lows reach 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Macalister Brewing Company, Trinity Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

14
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jenolan Caves and Blue Mountains. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Megalong Creek Estate (in Megalong Valley), Govetts Leap (in Blackheath) and Katoomba (Wentworth Falls & Echo Point Lookout). Dedicate the 24th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: see a show at Sydney Opera House, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and explore the activities along Watson's Bay.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney route planner .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Sydney takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cairns in January; daily highs in Sydney reach 32°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Katoomba, Lincoln's Rock, Shelly Beach, Govetts Leap, Featherdale Wildlife Park
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains
Speed Boats Tours

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