16 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

16 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

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16 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Denver

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Museum-lovers will appreciate Australian National Maritime Museum and CWM Galleries. Change things up with a short trip to Shelly Beach in Manly (about 36 minutes away). The adventure continues: wander the streets of The Rocks, explore the world behind art at Brett Whiteley Studio, don't miss a visit to Queen Victoria Building (QVB), and examine the collection at Hyde Park Barracks Museum.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Sydney road trip tool .

Denver, USA to Sydney is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Denver to Sydney. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Denver in February; daily highs in Sydney reach 80°F and lows reach 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

4
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 Surfer's Paradise Beach and Moffat Beach. Museum-lovers will appreciate Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Queensland Museum & Sciencentre. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise (in Surfers Paradise), Marina Mirage (in Main Beach) and Pacific Fair Shopping Centre (in Broadbeach). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, see the interesting displays at Museum of Brisbane, explore the world behind art at Gallery of Modern Art, and look for gifts at Psychic Readings Twin Featherz.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. February in Brisbane sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Moffat Beach, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

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.
Appreciate the collections at Village Gallery and Michael Seebeck Gallery. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Four Mile Beach. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Palm Cove to see Hartley's Crocodile Adventures about 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: view the masterpieces at Underart Gallery, get your game on at Cairns Kart Hire Track, explore the galleries of Doongal Aboriginal Art, and hunt for treasures at Rusty's Market.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns online trip planner .

Getting from Brisbane to Cairns by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in February, expect a bit warmer with lows of 75°F in Cairns. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Cairns Kart Hire Track, Four Mile Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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