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: Newark
Fly:  28​h
1
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: Newark

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, explore the activities along Parsley Bay Reserve, then enjoy the sand and surf at Shelly Beach, and finally trek along Manly Scenic Walkway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at St. Mary's Cathedral, contemplate the waterfront views at Watson's Bay, then enjoy the sand and surf at Camp Cove, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Balmoral Beach, Mosman.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Sydney online travel planner .

Newark, USA to Sydney is an approximately 28-hour flight. Traveling from Newark to Sydney, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Sydney is much warmer than Newark - with highs of 81°F and lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Shelly Beach
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Manly Scenic Walkway ©
Manly Scenic Walkway
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral

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 5th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery and then enjoy the sand and surf at Dicky Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): kick back and relax at Moffat Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catholic Old St. Stephen's Church (chapel), then take a stroll through West End, and finally steep yourself in history at Boggo Road Gaol.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Brisbane day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Caloundra
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Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail) ©
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail)

3
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Michaelmas Cay and Birdworld Kuranda. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Spas & Wellness in Palm Cove, about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Yorkeys Knob Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, and explore and take pictures at Red Arrow Walk.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Brisbane to Cairns by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. While traveling from Brisbane, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 88°F to lows of 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Birdworld Kuranda, Red Arrow Walk, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Trinity Beach
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Birdworld Kuranda ©
Birdworld Kuranda

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