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: Singapore
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Singapore

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at St Monica's Cathedral and Innisfail Temple. We've included these beaches for you: Photography Tours and Millaa Millaa Falls. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Babinda Boulders (in Babinda), Tranquility Falls (in Daintree) and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas (in Port Douglas). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls, kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and hunt for treasures at Rusty's Market.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cairns itinerary planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Cairns is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Cairns is 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Singapore in August, with highs in Cairns at 31°C and lows at 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Daintree, Millaa Millaa Falls, Innisfail Temple, Babinda Boulders, Trinity Beach
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Photography Tours
Babinda Boulders ©
Babinda Boulders

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.
On the 25th (Sun), examine the collection at The Workshops Rail Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then find something for the whole family at Wheel of Brisbane. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Mon): browse the collection at State Library Of Queensland, admire the natural beauty at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, then take a stroll through West End, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel).

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane holiday maker website .

You can fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Cairns in August: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 25°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

The Workshops Rail Museum
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
West End ©
West End

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Giant Stairway and Leura Cascades. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Manly Scenic Walkway and Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Hartley Historic Village (in Little Hartley), Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves) and Faulconbridge Cemetery (in Faulconbridge). The adventure continues: see a show at Sydney Opera House, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Presbyterian Church, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary planning app .

You can fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. While traveling from Brisbane, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Kissing Point Park, Hartley Historic Village, Faulconbridge Cemetery, The Giant Stairway, Jenolan Caves
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Giant Stairway ©
The Giant Stairway

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