10 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

10 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

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10 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Shanghai
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Shanghai

3
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney online attractions planner .

Shanghai, China to Sydney is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from China Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Shanghai in January; daily highs in Sydney reach 32°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then stroll around South Bank Parklands. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout and then identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

Before you visit Brisbane, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Brisbane are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife
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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
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.
Cairns is known for wildlife, adventure, trails, parks, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Brisbane to Cairns by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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