48 days in Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

48 days in Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

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48 days in Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Auckland Central
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Sydney
— 24 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Cairns
— 23 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Auckland Central

24
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 get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Palm Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Manly Beach and Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Lennox Bridge (in Blaxland), Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). Spend the 2nd (Sat) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. Spend the 20th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, see a show at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach, and stroll through Clovelly.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Sydney trip planner .

Auckland Central, New Zealand to Sydney is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Auckland Central in January, you will find days in Sydney are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Redhead Beach, The National Pass, Lennox Bridge, Palm Beach, Balmoral Beach, Mosman
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

23
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Daintree Discovery Centre and Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery. Take a break from the city and head to Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Floravilla Ice Cream Factory (in Daintree), Port Douglas (Coffee Works, Agincourt Reef, & more) and Cape Tribulation (Daintree National Park & Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness). Spend the 6th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 13th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge, experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Wooroonooran National Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns attractions planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in February, expect Cairns to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Kuranda, Cow Bay, Palm Cove, Cape Tribulation
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Mossman Gorge ©
Mossman Gorge
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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