6 days in Great Barrier Reef & Sydney Itinerary

6 days in Great Barrier Reef & Sydney Itinerary

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6 days in Great Barrier Reef & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h
2
Sydney
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  20​h 45​min
End: Houston


1
day
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.
On the 16th (Sat), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns online trip planner .

Houston, USA to Cairns is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 16 hours. Traveling from Houston in March, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 87°F and 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Adventure Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

2
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, wander the streets of The Rocks, and don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip itinerary planning app .

Fly from Cairns to Sydney in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cairns in March; daily highs in Sydney reach 79°F and lows reach 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden

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