12 days in Brisbane, Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

12 days in Brisbane, Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

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12 days in Brisbane, Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  16​h
1
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Los Angeles

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Square.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Brisbane trip itinerary maker .

Los Angeles, USA to Brisbane is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 18 hour difference. In May, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre

5
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Rocks and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. There's much more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and kick back and relax at Manly Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney tour app .

Getting from Brisbane to Sydney by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

2
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Safaris (in Port Douglas) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). Spend the 25th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cairns planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Cairns takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in May; daily highs in Cairns reach 82°F and lows reach 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Safaris, Trinity Beach, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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