17 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

17 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Sydney
— 5 nights
2
Brisbane
— 3 nights
3
Cairns
— 4 nights
4
Sydney
— 2 nights

5
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Venture out of the city with trips to Katoomba (The Three Sisters, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, &more). And it doesn't end there: see a show at Sydney Opera House, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to Sydney is 15 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Philadelphia in March, with highs in Sydney at °F and lows at °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Katoomba, Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk

3
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
On the 4th (Sat), stroll around South Bank Parklands and then stroll around Roma Street Parkland. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, get great views at Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout, and then get in on the family fun at Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Brisbane driving holiday planner.

Fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April in Brisbane, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Nature
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout ©
Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout

4
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 Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas & Safaris) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti). And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, admire the landmark architecture of Freshwater Station, and look for gifts at Annie's at the Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns itinerary planner.

Fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Brisbane in April: high temperatures in Cairns hover around °F and lows are around °F. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Annie's at the Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

2
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at White Rabbit Gallery, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, thentake an in-depth tour of Hyde Park Barracks, thenexplore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Virtual Room Sydney - Virtual Reality Sydney Adventure.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Sydney takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Cairns in April: high temperatures in Sydney hover around °F and lows are around °F. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Shopping Fun & Games
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Mrs Macquarie's Chair ©
Mrs Macquarie's Chair
Sydney Fish Market ©
Sydney Fish Market

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