I am heading down to Australia in January mainly for the Australian Open with a few extra days on either side of the tournament to see a bit of the country. I land in Sydney so I will spend four days there before flying to Melbourne. After the tournament I'll have seven days left to travel. I definitely want to fly up to Cairns however I'm beginning to feel like seven days is an awkward number of days to work with. From the sample itineraries I've seen, it's perhaps too much time for Cairns but maybe not enough to see Cairns and something else like the Whitsundays (which I realize is a fair distance away).
I'm not renting a car so I'll be at the mercy of buses and public transportation. I guess the question comes down to is seven days too much time in Cairns and the surrounding region? Should I try and cram another destination in there before returning to Sydney?
Thanks very much.