19 days in Sydney, Daintree & Cairns Itinerary

19 days in Sydney, Daintree & Cairns Itinerary

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Sydney
— 6 nights
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Daintree
— 3 nights
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Cairns
— 8 nights
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Sydney — 6 nights

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Palm Beach and Terrigal Beach. Get some cultural insight at The Rocks and Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Blackheath (Govetts Leap & Logan Brae Orchard), Sublime Point Lookout (in Leura) and Wentworth Falls Lookout (in Wentworth Falls). The adventure continues: hike along Manly Scenic Walkway, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shelly Beach, and don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Sydney driving holiday planning site.

Canberra to Sydney is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Canberra in June: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 21°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Daintree.
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Daintree — 3 nights

Daintree is a settlement in North Queensland 111km north of Cairns and 56km from Port Douglas, Queensland. You'll get in some beach time at Cow Bay Beach and Wonga Beach. Get some cultural insight at Daintree Discovery Centre and Floravilla Ice Cream Factory. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Daintree: Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery (in Mossman), Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay) and Mount Lewis National Park (in Julatten). There's much more to do: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, trek along Mount Sorrow Ridge Trail, identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge Centre, and take in the dramatic scenery at Tranquility Falls.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Daintree trip planner.

Getting from Sydney to Daintree by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in June: high temperatures in Daintree hover around 30°C and lows are around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cairns.
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Cairns — 8 nights

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Australian Butterfly Sanctuary and Josephine Falls. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Yungaburra (The Afghanistan Avenue of Honour & Lake Barrine), Historic Village Herberton (in Herberton) and Millaa Millaa Falls (in Millaa Millaa). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Babinda Boulders, make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, identify plant and animal life at Birdworld Kuranda, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Cairns day trip planning website.

Drive from Daintree to Cairns in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can fly back home.
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