8 days in Cairns, Sydney & Beerwah Itinerary

8 days in Cairns, Sydney & Beerwah Itinerary

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8 days in Cairns, Sydney & Beerwah Itinerary

Start: Des Moines
Fly:  26​h
1
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
2
Sydney
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  5​h 30​min
3
Beerwah
— 1 night
Fly:  24​h
End: Des Moines

1
night
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.
Scuba & Snorkeling has been added to your itinerary. On the 5th (Tue), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach and then stroll through Palm Cove Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip builder app .

Des Moines, USA to Cairns is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Des Moines to Cairns is 16 hours. Traveling from Des Moines in May, expect Cairns to be a bit warmer, temps between 82°F and 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and then take a stroll through Darling Harbour. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, see a show at Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sydney driving holiday planning website .

Getting from Cairns to Sydney by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in May, expect Sydney to be a bit cooler, temps between 70°F and 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Beerwah.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

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Beerwah

Beerwah ©
Beerwah is a rural town and a locality in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia. On the 9th (Sat), meet the residents at Australia Zoo and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Ngungun.

To find photos and other tourist information, read Beerwah online holiday planner .

Do a combination of flight and train from Sydney to Beerwah in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. May in Beerwah sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Beerwah

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trips

Mount Ngungun, Bribie Island Seaside Museum
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Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
Bribie Island Seaside Museum ©
Bribie Island Seaside Museum
Mount Ngungun ©
Mount Ngungun

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