By the time you add in all the stops, the Sydney to Cairns Drive (or Cairns to Sydney Drive) is 3,500 km. That 's further than Edinburgh to Istanbul (2,280 km) or New York City to Los Angeles (2,780 km). But there's a lot to see along the way. Some of the places are so beautiful and unique they have been World Heritage Listed.
Daily drive times average around 3 hours per day. We have suggested places where you might wish to spend more time. If you do all of these you'll add 10 or more days to your itinerary as well as memories that will last a lifetime
Keep scrolling for the Cairns to Sydney itinerary.
PART ONE - Sydney to Brisbane Drive
When you arrive in Cairns give yourself at least a week to explore Cairns, Port Douglas, Cooktown, the Great Barrier Reef, Atherton Tablelands, Undara Lava Tubes and the Daintree Rainforest.
Ellis Beach near Cairns Photo: elisecook via Instagram
There are more detailed maps for each stop on the itinerary.
Heart of Reef Shuttles, 48-50 Carlo Drive, Cannonvale, Queensland 4802 Phone: 1800 216 223
40 French Street, Eagle Farm, Queensland 4009
Phone: 1800 216 223
440 Sheridan Street, Cairns,
Queensland 4870 Phone: 1800 216 223
2/11 Northview St, Mermaid Waters QLD 4218 Phone: 1800 216 223
273 Elizabeth Street, Coburg,
Victoria 3058 Phone: 1800 216 223
23-25 Erskine Rd, Caringbah,
Sydney, NSW 2229 Phone: 1800 216 223
167 Mount Low Parkway, Townsville,
Queensland 4814 Phone: 1800 216 223