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Sydney to Cairns Drive

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The Sydney to Cairns Drive

3,500 km | 37 hr drive | 30+ days

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.

Sydney to Cairns Road Trip

Itinerary Sydney to Cairns Drive

PART ONE - Sydney to Brisbane Drive

PART TWO - Brisbane to Airlie Beach Drive

Lady Musgrave Cairns to Sydney Drive
Sea turtle on the Great Barrier Reef
rv rentals and campervan hire SYDNEY

PART THREE - Airlie Beach to Cairns Drive

When you arrive in Cairns give yourself at least a week to explore CairnsPort DouglasCooktown, the Great Barrier Reef, Atherton TablelandsUndara Lava Tubes and the Daintree Rainforest.

ellis beach Cairns to Sydney Drive
Ellis Beach near Cairns Photo: elisecook via Instagram

Itinerary Cairns to Sydney Drive

PART ONE - Cairns to Airlie Beach Drive

campervan hire CAIRNS
hinchinbrook - Sydney to Cairns road trip
Zoe Falls, Hinchinbrook Island. Photo: reubennutt via Instagram

PART TWO - Airlie Beach to Brisbane Drive

PART THREE - Brisbane to Sydney Drive

Sydney to Cairns Map

There are more detailed maps for each stop on the itinerary.


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