16 days in Brisbane Region, Greater Sydney & Cairns Region Itinerary

16 days in Brisbane Region, Greater Sydney & Cairns Region Itinerary

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16 days in Brisbane Region, Greater Sydney & Cairns Region Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  27​h
Brisbane
— 5 nights
Fly + train:  3​h 30​min
Mosman
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  3​h 45​min
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Dublin

5
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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, explore and take pictures at Suncorp Stadium, and get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane road trip tool .

Dublin, Ireland to Brisbane is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Dublin to Brisbane due to the time zone difference. In March, Brisbane is much hotter than Dublin - with highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mosman.

Things to do in Brisbane

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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

3
nights
Mosman

Mosman ©
If it weren't for the amazing view of Sydney Harbour, Mosman might seem light-years away from Australia's largest and busiest city.
Venture out of the city with trips to Avalon Beach (in Avalon Beach), Featherdale Wildlife Park (in Blacktown) and Palm Beach (in Palm Beach). There's lots more to do: meet the residents at Taronga Zoo, stroll through Nielsen Park, view the masterpieces at Aboriginal Fine Art and Craft, and take in nature's colorful creations at Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Mosman trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Brisbane to Mosman in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in March, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Mosman

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

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North Sydney, Vaucluse, Manly, Featherdale Wildlife Park, Avalon Beach
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Taronga Zoo ©
Taronga Zoo
Shelly Beach ©
Shelly Beach
Nielsen Park ©
Nielsen Park

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: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 31st (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 3rd (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Mosman to Cairns takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Mosman in March, expect Cairns to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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