15 days in Brisbane Region, Sydney & Cairns Region Itinerary

15 days in Brisbane Region, Sydney & Cairns Region Itinerary

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15 days in Brisbane Region, Sydney & Cairns Region Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  23​h
1
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h
4
Bribie Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
North Stradbroke Island
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  24​h
End: Newark

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then explore and take pictures at Suncorp Stadium, and then admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland. On the next day, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, then admire all the interesting features of Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, then admire the masterpieces at Gallery of Modern Art, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Eagle Street Pier.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane online holiday planner .

Newark, USA to Brisbane is an approximately 23-hour flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Newark to Brisbane due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Newark in April, with highs in Brisbane at 78°F and lows at 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Gallery of Modern Art ©
Gallery of Modern Art

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Bondi Beach and Shelly Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Watson's Bay and Don Bank Museum. There's still lots to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Clovelly, and kick back and relax at Manly Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Sydney day trip planning app .

You can 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 April, plan for little chillier days in Sydney, with highs around 73°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Shelly Beach, Don Bank Museum
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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 Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Botanical Gardens. Spend the 13th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cairns online vacation planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Cairns in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in April, with highs in Cairns at 85°F and lows at 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Bribie Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

2
nights
Bribie Island

Bribie Island ©
Escape the urban bustle at Woorim Beach and Bongaree Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Sylvan Beach and BBQ Boat Hire.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Bribie Island day trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cairns to Bribie Island. In April, Bribie Island is little chillier than Cairns - with highs of 78°F and lows of 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to North Stradbroke Island.

Things to do in Bribie Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Bribie Island Golf Club ©
Bribie Island Golf Club
BBQ Boat Hire ©
BBQ Boat Hire
Buckleys Hole Conservation Park ©
Buckleys Hole Conservation Park

2
nights
North Stradbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Frenchman's Beach, take a leisurely stroll along North Gorge Walk, and then kick back and relax at Amity Point Beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the North Stradbroke Island online trip planner .

You can drive from Bribie Island to North Stradbroke Island in 4.5 hours. April in North Stradbroke Island sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in North Stradbroke Island

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Frenchman's Beach ©
Frenchman's Beach
North Gorge Walk
North Gorge Walk
Dunwich Cemetery ©
Dunwich Cemetery

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