40 days in Perth & Cairns Itinerary

40 days in Perth & Cairns Itinerary

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40 days in Perth & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Perth
— 20 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 18 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Sydney

20
nights
Perth

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kayaking & Canoeing and Little Creatures. Get out of town with these interesting Perth side-trips: Mullaloo Beach (in Mullaloo), Mandurah (Eastern Foreshore Park, Mandurah Boat & Bike Hire, & more) and Fremantle (Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour, To the Fishermen - The Jetty, & more). There's still lots to do: go for a walk through Yanchep National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Rockingham Beach, take in the waterfront at South Perth Foreshore, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Cathedral.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Perth online trip builder .

Sydney to Perth is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Perth is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Sydney, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Perth, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Fremantle, Mandurah, York, Rockingham, Wanneroo
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Food Tours
Fraser Avenue Lookout ©
Fraser Avenue Lookout
St. George's Cathedral ©
St. George's Cathedral

18
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Opal Reef. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Yungaburra (Lake Barrine, Cathedral Fig Tree, & more), Port Douglas (St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, Flagstaff Hill Lookout, & more) and Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay). Spend the 22nd (Fri) exploring nature at Lake Eacham Crater Lakes National Park. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands, have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cairns Aquarium, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns online tour planner .

Getting from Perth to Cairns by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Perth to Cairns, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Cairns when traveling from Perth in February, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Yungaburra, Atherton, Herberton, Kuranda
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Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands
Josephine Falls ©
Josephine Falls
Cairns Aquarium ©
Cairns Aquarium

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