15 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

15 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

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15 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Cincinnati
Fly:  29​h
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Cincinnati

4
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.
Spend the 12th (Sun) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. And it doesn't end there: see a show at Sydney Opera House, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney online trip maker .

Cincinnati, USA to Sydney is an approximately 29-hour flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Cincinnati to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cincinnati in May, expect nights in Sydney to be about the same, around 54°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Sydney Harbour National Park
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and then get your game on at Psychic Readings Twin Featherz.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane road trip site .

You can fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Port Douglas (Safaris, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more). Spend the 16th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and explore and take pictures at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Brisbane to Cairns by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in May; daily highs in Cairns reach 82°F and lows reach 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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