15 days in Cairns Region, Brisbane Region & Sydney Itinerary

15 days in Cairns Region, Brisbane Region & Sydney Itinerary

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15 days in Cairns Region, Brisbane Region & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  26​h
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
North Stradbroke Island
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Macleay Island
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Dublin

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.
Head to Tanks Arts Centre and Bones and Jonesfor plenty of shopping. Explore hidden gems such as Palm Cove Beach and Australian Leather Company. Spend the 25th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, head off the coast to Michaelmas Cay, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip planning site .

Dublin, Ireland to Cairns is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 10 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Dublin in March: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 36°C and lows are around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to North Stradbroke Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Tanks Arts Centre, Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

1
night
North Stradbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): kick back and relax at Frenchman's Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cylinder Beach.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read North Stradbroke Island online trip maker .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cairns to North Stradbroke Island. In March, North Stradbroke Island is little chillier than Cairns - with highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Macleay Island.

Things to do in North Stradbroke Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Frenchman's Beach ©
Frenchman's Beach

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Macleay Island

Macleay Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Kara-Mia's Mosaics, then take in the exciting artwork at Macleay Island Art Complex, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Dalpura Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Macleay Island trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from North Stradbroke Island to Macleay Island takes 4.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Macleay Island

Museums Shopping Outdoors
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Kara-Mia's Mosaics ©
Kara-Mia's Mosaics

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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.
Head to Eat Street Northshore and Queen Street Mallfor plenty of shopping. Step off the beaten path and head to Roma Street Parkland and GOMA. Go for a jaunt from Brisbane to Wellington Point to see King Island about 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and steep yourself in history at Newstead House.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane day trip planning website .

Getting from Macleay Island to Brisbane by car takes about 2.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Brisbane are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Shopping Wildlife

Side Trip

King Island
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Gallery of Modern Art ©
Gallery of Modern Art
Eat Street Northshore ©
Eat Street Northshore

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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.
Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Do your shopping at Sydney Fish Market and Volle Jewellery. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through The Rocks, enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, and catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney travel route builder .

Getting from Brisbane to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Brisbane in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sydney: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

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