17 days in Sydney, Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

17 days in Sydney, Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

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17 days in Sydney, Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  24​h
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: London

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Camp Cove, and finally kick back and relax at Shelly Beach. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Austinmer Beach and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nan Tien Temple.

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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. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) is 10 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from London in October: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 28°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Wollongong, Shelly Beach, Balmoral Beach, Mosman
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Shelly Beach
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Balmoral Beach, Mosman

4
days
Cairns

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Historic Village Herberton and Spy & Camera Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Birdworld Kuranda in Kuranda (about 40 minutes away). There's much more to do: head off the coast to Michaelmas Cay, enjoy the sand and surf at Yorkeys Knob Beach, and explore the activities along Centenary Lakes - Cairns Botanic Gardens.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in October, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Herberton, Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Centenary Lakes - Cairns Botanic Gardens
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
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Palm Cove Beach
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Historic Village Herberton

4
days
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 outdoors at Kings Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fingal Head Lighthouse and Caloundra Lighthouses. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brisbane: Natural Bridge (in Springbrook) and Kurrawa Beach (in Broadbeach). There's more to do: contemplate the long history of Boggo Road Gaol.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane trip planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Cairns in October: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 29°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Fingal Head Lighthouse, Kings Beach, Caloundra Lighthouses, Burleigh Head National Park, Natural Bridge
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Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
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Burleigh Head National Park
Natural Bridge ©
Natural Bridge

4
days
Sydney

Sydney ©
Step off the beaten path and head to Terrigal Beach and Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Palm Beach and Balmoral Beach, Mosman. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Mount Gibraltar Reserve (in Mittagong) and Nan Tien Temple (in Wollongong). Spend the 19th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Enjoy Sydney some more: stroll through Coogee Beach and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

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Fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trips

Mount Gibraltar Reserve, Palm Beach, Nan Tien Temple, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame
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Terrigal Beach ©
Terrigal Beach
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Palm Beach
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Balmoral Beach, Mosman

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