Cheap Flights from Cairns to Sydney

Flight information Cairns to Sydney

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Average flight time, total distance 1226 miles

2h 55min

Sydney and Sydney Palm Beach SPB

2 airports

Explore Sydney

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Park Hyatt Sydney


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The Westin Sydney


This information is correct as of April 2016

Airlines that fly from Cairns to Sydney

There are no direct flights from Cairns to Sydney, Nova Scotia (YQY). Indirect flights are available with two or more layovers. Operators flying on this route include Qantas, Cathay Pacific and Virgin Australia in association with Air Canada. Popular stopovers are Brisbane, Los Angeles, Toronto, Hong Kong, and Sydney in New South Wales.

If you're looking for flights to Sydney, Australia, click to compare flights from Cairns to Sydney-Kingsford Smith (SYD).

Terminal Information – Departing

This is only a guideline. Always check your boarding pass for up-to-date terminal information.

Depending on your flight route, you could either start your journey from the domestic (T2) or international (T1) terminal of Cairns Airport. Both feature JR Duty Free shops where you can stock up on premium technology, cosmetics and alcohol. The domestic terminal has a wide range of shops including MAC Cosmetics, Victoria's Secret, The Travel Store and Tech 2 Go. There are plenty of places to grab a cup of joe, including Grinder's Coffee Cart and Skybury Cafe. Restaurants range from healthy (Hero Sushi and Healthy Habits) to heavy (Hungry Jack's and La Porchetta). There are fewer shops and dining options in the international terminal. Most of the shops specialise in Aussie souvenirs.

Terminal Information – Arriving

There's no public transport available from the airport to downtown Sydney. Local company City Wide Taxi provides transfers, which can be organised in advance or upon arrival. Avis, Budget, National and Enterprise all provide car hire from Sydney Airport.

Practical Information

You need a valid passport to fly from Australia to Canada. We recommend arriving at the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight is scheduled to depart if the first leg is domestic, and at least two and a half hours in advance if it's international. Australian and British citizens don't need a visa for short stays in Canada, but will need to apply for an electronic travel authorisation (eTA) before flying. Visitors need to prove that they have enough funds to sustain themselves during their trip. We recommend bringing a copy of your latest bank statement to show at immigration.

What to expect in Sydney, Nova Scotia

Sydney is 13 hours behind Cairns and the currency is the Canadian dollar ($). The weather in Sydney is more extreme than Cairns, with cold winters (December to March) and warm summers (June to September). Despite this, the warmest summer temperature is 23°C: only a degree warmer than the average winter temperature in Cairns. Winter is especially cold, with lows of -10°C recorded in February.  Prices in Sydney are generally lower than in Cairns: expect to save about 27% on the price of a cappuccino and about 20% on a bus ticket.

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