43 days in Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

43 days in Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

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43 days in Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Sydney
— 21 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Cairns
— 18 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Zurich

21
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.
Head to Sydney Fish Market and Altmann + Cherny - Australian Opalsfor plenty of shopping. You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Victory Theatre Antique Centre (in Blackheath), Bilgola Beach (in Bilgola) and Falls Gallery (in Wentworth Falls). Spend the 21st (Wed) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, look for gifts at Volle Jewellery, and see a show at Sydney Opera House.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip website .

Zurich, Switzerland 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 difference moving from Central European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) is 9 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Zurich in November: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 29°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Leura, Katoomba, Falls Gallery, Shelly Beach, Bilgola Beach
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

18
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.
Head to Coffee Works and Funstuff by Lyndafor some retail therapy. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Trinity Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Kayaking & Canoeing, Palm Cove Beach, & more), Port Douglas (Safaris, Port Douglas Boat Hire, & more) and Cape Tribulation (Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness & Daintree National Park). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, head off the coast to Michaelmas Cay, take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall, and enjoy the sand and surf at Cow Bay Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cairns tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Cairns in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Holloways Beach, Edge Hill, Palm Cove, Cape Tribulation
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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