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Sydney to Cairns drive

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Sydney to Cairns road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Sydney to Cairns. If you're planning a road trip to Cairns, you can research locations to stop along the way. Make sure you check road conditions to double check the weather. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

10:00 am  start in Sydney
drive for about 2 hours

12:04 pm  Hunter Valley
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:04 pm
drive for about 4 hours

5:16 pm  Moree
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 6.5 hours
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 Day 2

11:00 am  leave from Moree
drive for about 5 hours

3:46 pm  Roma
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 5 hours
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 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from Roma
drive for about 4.5 hours

2:26 pm  Emerald
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:26 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

5:54 pm  Moranbah
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 7 hours

 Day 4

9:00 am  leave from Moranbah
drive for about 6.5 hours

3:33 pm  Townsville
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:33 pm
drive for about 4.5 hours

8:51 pm  arrive in Cairns

day 4 driving ≈ 11 hours

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Sydney to Cairns questions

profile  Nina from San Diego asked:
Drive up the East Coast of Australia  (5 answers)

Where should I stop along the way?

Hunter Valley  (11 mentions)



Emerald  (2 answers)


Townsville  (5 answers)

What are some things to do in Cairns?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Tusa Dive  (2 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Cairns. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Mary Ann from Phoenix asked:
Best way to see Great Barrier Reef for seniors  (3 answers)

profile  Mitch from Honolulu asked:
Best dive company for the Great Barrier Reef out of Cairns?  (1 answer)

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Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Cairns to Sydney drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Sydney to Cairns. Or get a full Sydney to Cairns flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend.

And if you know Sydney well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Sydney!

At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,501 miles
driving time of 26 hours, 41 minutes
Cairns is the same time as Sydney
170 Sydney travel answers
1 Moree travel answer
2 Emerald travel answers
5 Townsville travel answers
77 Cairns travel answers


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