8 days in Great Barrier Reef & Sydney Itinerary

8 days in Great Barrier Reef & Sydney Itinerary

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8 days in Great Barrier Reef & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Fargo
Fly:  32​h
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
End: Sydney

2
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.
On the 21st (Mon), admire the striking features of Freshwater Station, then look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands, then look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Fig Tree, and finally explore and take pictures at Wrights Lookout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Cattana Wetlands, enjoy the sand and surf at Yorkeys Knob Beach, and then go for a walk through Red Arrow Walk.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary maker website .

Fargo, USA to Cairns is an approximately 32-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 16 hours traveling from Fargo to Cairns. In October, Cairns is much hotter than Fargo - with highs of 85°F and lows of 69°F. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Yorkeys Knob Beach, Red Arrow Walk, Cathedral Fig Tree, Wrights Lookout, Cattana Wetlands
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Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral
Yorkeys Knob Beach ©
Yorkeys Knob Beach

3
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.
On the 24th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Bronte Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and then hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: sample the tasty concoctions at Bilpin Cider Company, then take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, and then stroll through The Giant Stairway.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Sydney takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cairns in October, with highs in Sydney at 76°F and lows at 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Bronte Beach, Shelly Beach, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Bilpin Cider Company
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Bronte Beach ©
Bronte Beach
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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