7 days in Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

7 days in Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

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7 days in Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Vladivostok
bus + Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Vladivostok

1
night
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.
On the 25th (Tue), stroll through Clovelly, stroll through Shelly Beach, then kick back and relax at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, and finally identify plant and animal life at Featherdale Wildlife Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, enjoy the sand and surf at Camp Cove, then contemplate the waterfront views at Watson's Bay, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Bronte Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney road trip planning tool .

Vladivostok, Russia to Sydney is an approximately 18-hour combination of bus and flight. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Vladivostok in December; daily highs in Sydney reach 32°C and lows reach 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Bronte Beach, Featherdale Wildlife Park, Shelly Beach
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Featherdale Wildlife Park ©
Featherdale Wildlife Park
Shelly Beach ©
Shelly 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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Agincourt Reef and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas in Port Douglas, about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cairns road trip app .

You can fly from Sydney to Cairns in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in December; daily highs in Cairns reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Trinity Beach
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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