38 days in Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

38 days in Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

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38 days in Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 34 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Sydney

34
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 hidden gems such as Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Historical Aircraft Restoration Society. Your inner history buff will appreciate The National Pass and Wollongong Head Lighthouse. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park (in Calga), Katoomba (The Giant Stairway, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, & more) and Wollongong (Nan Tien Temple, Wollongong To Thirroul Bike Track, & more). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, tour the pleasant surroundings at Terrigal Beach, and examine the collection at Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney route maker tool .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. In December in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Wollongong, Leura, Manly, Blue Mountains National Park
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Tamarama Beach ©
Tamarama Beach
Bronte Beach ©
Bronte Beach
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman

3
nights
Cairns

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, then admire the masterpieces at Samurai Gallery Australia, then brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, and finally admire the sheer force of Crystal Cascades. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Spy & Camera Museum, contemplate the long history of Historic Village Herberton, then examine the collection at Mareeba Heritage Museum and Visitor Information Centre, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Sydney to Cairns in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect Cairns to be a bit warmer, temps between 37°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Herberton, Crystal Cascades, Mareeba Heritage Museum and Visitor Information Centre
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Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Crystal Cascades ©
Crystal Cascades
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

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