10 days in Sydney, Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

10 days in Sydney, Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

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10 days in Sydney, Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Sydney

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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, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and wander the streets of The Rocks.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Sydney online itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Sydney. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in July, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cairns.

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

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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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Spas) and Safaris (in Port Douglas). Spend the 13th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Cairns takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in July, with highs in Cairns at 30°C and lows at 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Safaris
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland, explore and take pictures at Suncorp Stadium, and try out the rides at Wheel of Brisbane.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Brisbane trip planner.

Getting from Cairns to Brisbane by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cairns in July, with highs in Brisbane at 24°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks
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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

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