14 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

14 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

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14 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

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 get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Clovelly Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Manly Beach and North Head Sanctuary. Next up on the itinerary: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, don't miss a visit to Mrs Macquarie's Chair, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney itinerary website .

London, UK to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in September, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

North Head Sanctuary
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

3
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Dicky Beach and Moffat Beach. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, get your game on at Pinball Haus, admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, and stroll around South Bank Parklands.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane trip itinerary planning tool .

Fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Beaches

Side Trip

Caloundra
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach

3
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.
Visiting Safaris and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures will get you outdoors. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Four Mile Beach and Trinity Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Port Douglas (Horses in Port & With Sugar). Spend the 18th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planner .

You can fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in September, things will get a bit warmer in Cairns: highs are around 33°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, 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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