20 days in Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

20 days in Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

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20 days in Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 9 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Sydney
— 9 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Melbourne


9
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Bones and Jones and Doongal Aboriginal Art. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Thornton Beach. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Port Douglas (Safaris, Horses in Port, & more), Cape Tribulation (Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness & Daintree National Park) and Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, stop by Australian Leather Company, choose your vessel at Shaolin Junk Cruises, and identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cairns trip maker tool .

Melbourne to Cairns is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Mossman Gorge, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

9
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sydney Opera House and The Rocks. Take a break from the city and head to Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to The National Pass (in Blue Mountains National Park), Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). Spend the 7th (Mon) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sydney driving holiday planning tool .

Getting from Cairns to Sydney by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Cairns in January: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 32°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wentworth Falls, Shelly Beach, The National Pass
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

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