9 days in Wollongong & Cairns Itinerary

9 days in Wollongong & Cairns Itinerary

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9 days in Wollongong & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Townsville
Fly + train:  6​h
1
Wollongong
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Townsville

3
nights
Wollongong

Wollongong ©
Wollongong, informally referred to as "The Gong", is a seaside city located in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia. Venture out of the city with trips to Katoomba (Wentworth Falls, The Three Sisters, & more), Gallery Blackheath (in Blackheath) and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge). There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Jenolan Caves, sample the tasty concoctions at Bilpin Cider Company, hike along Grand Canyon track, and take a peaceful walk through Coachwood Glen Nature Trail.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Wollongong journey planner.

Townsville to Wollongong is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Townsville in September, plan for little chillier days and cooler nights in Wollongong: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Wollongong

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Katoomba, Grand Canyon track, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Jenolan Caves, Bilpin Cider Company
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Bilpin Cider Company ©
Bilpin Cider Company
The Three Sisters ©
The Three Sisters
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Safaris, & more), Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery (in Mossman) and Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Hartley's Crocodile Adventures). There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and look for gifts at Australian Leather Company.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns online itinerary planner .

Do a combination of train and flight from Wollongong to Cairns in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Wollongong in September, you will find days in Cairns are a bit warmer (33°C), and nights are warmer (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Cairns Kart Hire Track, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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