20 days in Sydney, Cairns & Darwin Itinerary

20 days in Sydney, Cairns & Darwin Itinerary

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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Sydney Opera House and Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. Spend the 13th (Sat) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Chinese Garden of Friendship, visit Darling Harbour, and wander the streets of The Rocks.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Sydney route planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Sydney is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 6 hours. Traveling from Dubai in April, you will find days in Sydney are colder (26°C), and nights are slightly colder (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

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Cairns

— 6 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.
Bring the kids along to Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Port Douglas (Safaris, Four Mile Beach, &more), Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cairns journey planner.

Fly from Sydney to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in April; daily highs in Cairns reach 34°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Darwin

— 6 nights

Outback Capital of the Northern Territory

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Helicopter Tours. Next up on the itinerary: see what you can catch with Offshore Boats - Darwin Reef & Sport Fishing Charters, cool off at Big Buoy Water Park, take in the exciting artwork at Mbantua Fine Art Gallery, and look for gifts at Embella Jewellery.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Darwin trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Cairns to Darwin in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Cairns to Darwin due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Cairns, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Darwin, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Darwin

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
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