9 days in Sydney, Alice Springs & Cairns Itinerary

9 days in Sydney, Alice Springs & Cairns Itinerary

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9 days in Sydney, Alice Springs & Cairns Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  26​h
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Alice Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  23​h 15​min
End: New York City

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.
Spend the 13th (Sat) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's lots more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, wander the streets of The Rocks, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary maker site .

New York City, USA to Sydney is an approximately 26-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from New York City to Sydney. Traveling from New York City in July, things will get colder in Sydney: highs are around 65°F and lows about 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

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Sydney Harbour National Park
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

1
night
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then view the masterpieces at Talapi, and then look for all kinds of wild species at The Kangaroo Sanctuary.

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Traveling by flight from Sydney to Alice Springs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in July, Alice Springs is little chillier at night with lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Tours Parks Wildlife
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Walking tours
Talapi ©
Talapi

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk and then stroll through Anzac Park.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns trip maker site .

Getting from Alice Springs to Cairns by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Alice Springs in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cairns, with highs around 79°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 64°F. On the 17th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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