21 days in Cairns, Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

21 days in Cairns, Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

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Cairns
— 5 nights
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Brisbane
— 6 nights
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Sydney
— 7 nights

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Mulgrave Settlers Museum (in Gordonvale), Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti) and Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas & Safaris). There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cairns tour itinerary planner.

Manchester, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Manchester to Cairns. Traveling from Manchester in December, things will get much warmer in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Mulgrave Settlers Museum, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

6
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Buderim (Wirreanda Park & Buderim Lions Park), Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach) and Mooloolaba (SunJet Simulations & Boat Tours & Water Sports). There's still lots to do: stroll around South Bank Parklands, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, explore and take pictures at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and have some family-friendly fun at Zoccer Sports - Bubble Soccer.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Brisbane trip itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Brisbane takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, Brisbane is slightly colder than Cairns - with highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Buderim, Mooloolaba
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland

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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.
Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Katoomba (The Three Sisters, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, &more). And it doesn't end there: see a show at Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Katoomba, Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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