23 days in Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

23 days in Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

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23 days in Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  24​h
1
Sydney
— 9 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Cairns
— 11 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Amsterdam

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sydney Opera House and Australian National Maritime Museum. Visit The Rocks and Nan Tien Temple for their historical value. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves) and Bouddi National Park (in Killcare). Spend the 10th (Tue) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and admire the masterpieces at Brett Whiteley Studio.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney visit planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Sydney is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Amsterdam to Sydney, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in July; daily highs in Sydney reach 21°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Sydney Harbour National Park, Bondi to Coogee Walk, Nan Tien Temple, Bouddi National Park, Jenolan Caves
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

11
nights
Cairns

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Historic Village Herberton and St Monica's Cathedral. Discover out-of-the-way places like Daintree Discovery Centre and Mossman Gorge. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Rex Lookout (in Wangetti), Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio (in Tolga) and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas (in Port Douglas). Spend the 16th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Palm Cove Beach, and look for all kinds of wild species at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, Cairns is somewhat warmer than Sydney - with highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Herberton, Palm Cove, Kuranda, Cow Bay, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
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Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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