52 days in Maitland, Cairns & Dubbo Itinerary

52 days in Maitland, Cairns & Dubbo Itinerary

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52 days in Maitland, Cairns & Dubbo Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Drive:  2​h 30​min
1
Maitland
— 15 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 17 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Dubbo
— 18 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
End: Sydney

15
nights
Maitland

Maitland ©
Maitland is a city in the Lower Hunter Valley of New South Wales, Australia and the seat of Maitland City Council, situated on the Hunter River approximately 166km by road north of Sydney and 35km north-west of Newcastle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Maitland: Wisemans Ferry (Ferry Artists Gallery, Convict Trail, & more), Newcastle (Springloaded, Nobbys Beach, & more) and Speers Point Park (in Speers Point). Spend the 5th (Mon) exploring nature at Bouddi National Park. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Hunter Valley Gardens, learn about winemaking at Harkham Wines, identify plant and animal life at Tomaree Head, and experience rural life at Anderson Farm Pick Your Own.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Maitland trip planning site .

Sydney to Maitland is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. In July, daily temperatures in Maitland can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Maitland

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Pokolbin, Newcastle, Wisemans Ferry, Lovedale, Nelson Bay
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 15:
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Harkham Wines ©
Harkham Wines
Newcastle Memorial Walk ©
Newcastle Memorial Walk
Convict Trail ©
Convict Trail

17
nights
Cairns

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Danbulla National Park (in Tinaroo), Mossman (Mossman Saturday Market & Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery) and Port Douglas (St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more). The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire all the interesting features of Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and stroll through Palm Cove Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns route builder site .

Explore your travel options from Maitland to Cairns with the Route module. Traveling from Maitland in August, expect Cairns to be a bit warmer, temps between 31°C and 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Dubbo.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Mossman, Smithfield, Palm Cove, Rex Lookout
Find places to stay Aug 15 — Sep 2:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

18
nights
Dubbo

Visit the city of Dubbo, the most populous urban area in the Orana Region, for an exciting and thriving multicultural city from which to explore the surrounding Great Western Plains.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mudgee (Vinifera Wines, Distillery Tours, & more), Parkes (The Henry Parkes Centre, Memorial Hill Lookout, & more) and Narromine (Glen McGrath Statue & Narromine Aviation Museum). Spend the 6th (Fri) exploring nature at Warrumbungle National Park. Next up on the itinerary: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, learn about winemaking at Broombee Organic Wines - Cellar Door, examine the collection at 'Banjo Paterson ... more than a Poet' Exhibition, and explore the activities along Tiger Bay Wetlands.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Dubbo trip planner .

Getting from Cairns to Dubbo by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Cairns in September: highs in Dubbo hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Dubbo

Parks Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Mudgee, Parkes, Gulgong, Narromine, Peak Hill
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 20:
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Distillery Tours
Taronga Western Plains Zoo ©
Taronga Western Plains Zoo
Old Dubbo Gaol ©
Old Dubbo Gaol

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