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
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Sydney

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Nature & Wildlife Tours. And it doesn't end there: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sydney online road trip planner .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. In September in Sydney, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Port Douglas (Four Mile Beach & Safaris) and Rex Lookout (in Wangetti). There's more to do: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Sydney to Cairns by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in September: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 83°F and lows are around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Rex Lookout
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, admire the natural beauty at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and wander the streets of West End.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane driving holiday planning site .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Brisbane takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cairns in September, with highs in Brisbane at 75°F and lows at 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Neighborhoods
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
West End ©
West End
Spas

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