18 days in Cairns, Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

18 days in Cairns, Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia attractions planner

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

18 days in Cairns, Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Brisbane
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Portland

6
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Michaelmas Cay and Birdworld Kuranda. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Spas & Wellness & Hartley's Crocodile Adventures), Safaris (in Port Douglas) and Jaques Coffee Plantation (in Mareeba). Spend the 16th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, and experience rural life at Gallo DairyLand.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cairns itinerary maker site .

Portland, USA to Cairns is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Portland to Cairns, you'll lose 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Portland in September, with highs in Cairns at 83°F and lows at 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Safaris, Jaques Coffee Plantation, Birdworld Kuranda, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

5
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.
Get in touch with nature at Kings Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kirra Beach and Queensland Art Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Brisbane: Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve (in Maleny), Caloundra Lighthouses (in Kings Beach) and Natural Bridge (in Springbrook). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catholic Old St. Stephen's Church (chapel), and make a trip to Boggo Road Gaol.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Cairns in September: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 75°F and lows are around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Kings Beach, Natural Bridge, Burleigh Head National Park, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Kirra Beach
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Wentworth Falls and Pulpit Rock Lookout. Visiting Bondi Beach and Clovelly will get you outdoors. When in Sydney, make a side trip to see Coachwood Glen Nature Trail in Megalong Valley, approximately 1h 45 min away. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planning tool .

Getting from Brisbane to Sydney by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. September in Sydney sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Wentworth Falls, Pulpit Rock Lookout, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail
Find places to stay Sep 27 — Oct 1:
Highlights from your plan
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

Similar Plans

22 days in Cairns, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park & Sydney BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 22 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES August, slow & easy, popular sights PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Slow & easy 20 days in Australia BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES July, teens, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 22 days in Sydney BY A USER FROM QATAR July, teens, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 22 days in Brisbane BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA June, teens, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 19 days in Sydney BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM December, culture, beaches, museums, shopping, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, beaches, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 22 days in Brisbane BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM March, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: March, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 22 days in Sydney BY A USER FROM BANGLADESH June, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Slow & easy 22 days in Sydney BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM October, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: October, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 20 days in Australia BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES July, teens, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 22 days in Brisbane BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, slow & easy, popular sights PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Slow & easy 20 days in Australia BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES July, teens, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans
Find a travel specialist
TRAVEL AGENT