8 days in Australia Itinerary

8 days in Australia Itinerary

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Sydney
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Cairns
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Sydney

— 3 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.
Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, and explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Sydney road trip planning tool.

London, UK to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from London in December: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 32°C and lows are around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to fly to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Museums

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Cairns

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): stroll through Trinity Beach, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Opal Reef. Here are some ideas for day two: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns road trip site.

Fly from Sydney to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. You will leave for home on the 23rd (Thu).

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

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Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Specialty Museums
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.