22 days in Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

22 days in Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

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22 days in Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Cairns
— 10 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

7
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.
Kids will enjoy Bondi Beach and Australian National Maritime Museum. Spend the 8th (Mon) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's lots more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Sydney road trip app .

London, UK to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Sydney. Traveling from London in July, expect Sydney to be a bit cooler, temps between 21°C and 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Sydney Harbour National Park
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

10
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Daintree Discovery Centre (in Cow Bay), Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach, Spas & Wellness, & more) and Port Douglas (Safaris, Four Mile Beach, & more). Spend the 21st (Sun) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Thornton Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Green Arrow Walk, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Blue Sky Brewery, and tour the water at your own pace with Shaolin Junk Cruises.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Cairns day trip website .

You can fly from Sydney to Cairns in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in July, with highs in Cairns at 30°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Cape Tribulation, Daintree Discovery Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach

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