17 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

17 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

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17 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  24​h
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Watson's Bay and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Visiting Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Camp Cove, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney travel route planner.

London, UK to Sydney is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in September, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

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#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

4
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Mooloolaba Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Get in touch with nature at Burleigh Heads Beach and Kings Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary (in Currumbin) and MaisyMoo (in Caloundra). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland, enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach, and admire all the interesting features of Suncorp Stadium.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Brisbane trip maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Brisbane takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Brisbane are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Burleigh Heads, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Mooloolaba Beach
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
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Mooloolaba Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach

6
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.
Visit Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach for some beach relaxation. Get in touch with nature at Daintree National Park and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to With Sugar (in Port Douglas), Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). Spend the 25th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and get great views at Rex Lookout.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cairns online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Cairns takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in September, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 33°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Port Douglas, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Mossman Gorge, Daintree National Park
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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