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: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Sydney

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.
Shop till you drop at Sydney Fish Market and Opal Minded. Get some cultural insight at Sydney Opera House and The Rocks. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, identify plant and animal life at Hawthorne Canal Reserve, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and have fun at Cremorne Reserve.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Sydney online driving holiday planner .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. In July in Sydney, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

3
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.
On the 7th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Moffat Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Dicky Beach, and then take in the views from Victoria Bridge Abutment. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then explore the world behind art at GOMA.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip builder tool .

Fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In July in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 49°F at night. On the 9th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Caloundra
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Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach

2
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, then get into the urban bustle at Tanks Arts Centre, and then stroll through Palm Cove Beach.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns vacation tool .

Fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in July; daily highs in Cairns reach 79°F and lows reach 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Shopping Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Smithfield Shopping Centre, Tanks Arts Centre
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Tanks Arts Centre ©
Tanks Arts Centre
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

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