17 days in Cairns, Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

17 days in Cairns, Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

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17 days in Cairns, Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: London

6
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.
Popular historic sites such as Historic Village Herberton and St Monica's Cathedral are in your itinerary. Visit Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas & Coffee Works), Daintree National Park (in Cape Tribulation) and Daintree Discovery Centre (in Cow Bay). Spend the 2nd (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 5th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns online vacation maker .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Cairns is 10 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from London in November, with highs in Cairns at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Mossman Gorge Centre, Trinity Beach, Historic Village Herberton, Daintree Discovery Centre
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Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mooloolaba Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. Visit Kings Beach and Burleigh Head National Park for some beach relaxation. Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary (in Currumbin), Fingal Head Lighthouse (in Fingal Head) and Kirra Beach (in Coolangatta). It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Brisbane trip planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Cairns in December, with highs in Brisbane at 32°C and lows at 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Kings Beach, Mooloolaba Beach, Fingal Head Lighthouse
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

5
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 Manly Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Rocks and The National Pass. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves) and Day FIne Art (in Blackheath). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, see a show at Sydney Opera House, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Sydney day trip planning website .

Fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. December in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. On the 14th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

The National Pass, Jenolan Caves, Day FIne Art
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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