17 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

17 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

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17 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Oslo
Fly:  24​h
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: Oslo

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.
Visit Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach for some beach relaxation. Visit The Rocks and Elizabeth Bay House for their historical value. Take a break from Sydney with a short trip to Shelly Beach in Manly, about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: listen to music at Sydney Opera House, step off the mainland to explore Shark Island, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and kick back and relax at Manly Beach.

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Oslo, Norway to Sydney is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Oslo to Sydney. Traveling from Oslo in November, expect Sydney to be warmer, temps between 29°C and 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Coolangatta Beach and GOMA. Take a break from the city and head to Mooloolaba Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Brisbane: Surfers Paradise (SkyPoint Climb & Infinity Attraction) and Kings Beach (in Caloundra). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach.

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Getting from Sydney to Brisbane by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra, Mooloolaba Beach
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Trinity Beach and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Do some cultural sightseeing at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery and St Monica's Cathedral. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda). Spend the 30th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 29th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Cairns takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Brisbane in November: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Mossman Gorge Centre, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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