9 days in Cairns Region & Newcastle Itinerary

9 days in Cairns Region & Newcastle Itinerary

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9 days in Cairns Region & Newcastle Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  6​h
1
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
2
Newcastle
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
End: Sydney

5
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.
Get in touch with nature at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and Scuba & Snorkeling. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Village Gallery and Rusty's Market. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Palm Cove to see Palm Cove Beach about 32 minutes away. Spend the 18th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: view the masterpieces at Underart Gallery, kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, admire the masterpieces at KickArts Contemporary Arts, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns driving holiday planning app .

Sydney to Cairns is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in January, things will get a bit warmer in Cairns: highs are around 37°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Newcastle.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

2
nights
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Norah Head Lighthouse and Harkham Wines. Maitland Gaol and Watt Street Wharf will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Newcastle: Ernest Hill Wines (in Nulkaba) and Pokolbin (Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard, Ivanhoe Wines, & more). There's much more to do: look for gifts at Inner City Winemakers, see the interesting displays at Newcastle Museum, and steep yourself in history at Railway Carriage Shed.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Newcastle online visit planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Newcastle in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Cairns in January; daily highs in Newcastle reach 34°C and lows reach 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Newcastle

Wineries Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pokolbin, Fighter World, Ernest Hill Wines, Inner City Winemakers, Norah Head Lighthouse
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Harkham Wines ©
Harkham Wines
Norah Head Lighthouse ©
Norah Head Lighthouse
Leogate Estate Wines ©
Leogate Estate Wines

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