12 days in Cairns, Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

12 days in Cairns, Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

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12 days in Cairns, Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Dallas

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Safaris (in Port Douglas) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove).

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cairns online trip builder .

Dallas, USA to Cairns is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of tram and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to Cairns is 16 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Safaris
Find places to stay May 18 — 20:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

1
night
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 21st (Tue): kick back and relax at Moffat Beach, kick back and relax at Dicky Beach, and then admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and then enjoy some diversion at Psychic Readings Twin Featherz.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane road 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 a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Cairns in May, with highs in Brisbane at 74°F and lows at 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Caloundra
Find places to stay May 20 — 22:
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach

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.
The Rocks and Australian Centre for Photography are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Spend the 26th (Sun) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, identify plant and animal life at Tambourine Bay Reserve and Warraroon Reserve Walk, and pause for some photo ops at Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Sydney online attractions planner .

You can fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. May in Sydney sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Sydney Harbour National Park
Find places to stay May 22 — 27:
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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