18 days in Sydney, Fraser Island & Cairns Itinerary

18 days in Sydney, Fraser Island & Cairns Itinerary

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Sydney
— 5 nights
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Fly to Hervey Bay, Ferry to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Drive to Fraser Island
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Fraser Island
— 2 nights
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Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Fly to Cairns
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Cairns
— 7 nights
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Sydney

— 5 nights

The Harbour City

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.
Visit Bondi Beach and Manly Beach for some beach relaxation. Visiting Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Kiama Blowhole will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Nan Tien Temple (in Wollongong), Lincoln's Rock (in Blue Mountains National Park) and Kiama Harbour (in Kiama). Next up on the itinerary: see a show at Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and admire all the interesting features of Wentworth Falls Lookout.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney road trip tool.

Los Angeles, USA to Sydney is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Sydney is 18 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 62°F in Sydney. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fraser Island

— 2 nights
On the 4th (Wed), kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach, then contemplate the waterfront views at Boomanjin lake, and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie. Here are some ideas for day two: take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Birrabeen, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Wanggoolba Creek.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Fraser Island online trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Sydney to Fraser Island in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. In December, daytime highs in Fraser Island are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Cairns

— 7 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
St Monica's Cathedral and The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Venture out of the city with trips to The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre (in Atherton), Birdworld Kuranda (in Kuranda) and Port Douglas (Safaris & Four Mile Beach). Spend the 7th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands, don't miss a visit to The Afghanistan Avenue of Honour, step off the mainland to explore Michaelmas Cay, and take an in-depth tour of Historic Village Herberton.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns online day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Cairns takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in December, and nighttime lows around 73°F. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips