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: Seoul
Fly:  13​h
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Seoul

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.
Kids will enjoy Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. Venture out of the city with trips to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas (in Port Douglas).

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary maker website .

Seoul, South Korea to Cairns is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Seoul to Cairns due to the time zone difference. June in Cairns sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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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.
On the 4th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach, let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, and then have some family-friendly fun at Zoccer Sports - Bubble Soccer. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and then have some family-friendly fun at Psychic Readings Twin Featherz.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane day trip app .

Getting from Cairns to Brisbane by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Cairns in June; daily highs in Brisbane reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach

6
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.
Kids will enjoy Bondi Beach and Powerhouse Museum. Spend the 7th (Fri) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's much more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, and admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary planning site .

Fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Brisbane in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sydney: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 11°C at night. You will leave for home on the 11th (Tue).

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Sydney Harbour National Park
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

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