21 days in Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

21 days in Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

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Cairns

— 8 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Village Gallery and Rusty's Market. Venture out of the city with trips to Port Douglas (Safaris, Agincourt Reef, &more), Mulgrave Settlers Museum (in Gordonvale) and Mossman (Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery & Mossman Saturday Market). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Underart Gallery, browse the exhibits of Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns, and take a stroll around Tanks Arts Centre.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns day trip planning website.

Zurich, Switzerland to Cairns is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to Cairns is 9 hours. In February, Cairns is much warmer than Zurich - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Sydney

— 9 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.
Head to Sydney Fish Market and Brett Whiteley Studiofor some retail therapy. Take a break from the city and head to Bondi to Coogee Walk and Manly Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Saint Bonaventure's Church (in Leura), Wentworth Falls Lookout (in Wentworth Falls) and The National Pass (in Blue Mountains National Park). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, admire the natural beauty at Chinese Garden of Friendship, observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip app.

You can fly from Cairns to Sydney in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cairns in February; daily highs in Sydney reach 31°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips