18 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

18 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

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18 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

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

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.
Visit The Rocks and St Thomas Becket Church for their historical value. Escape the urban bustle at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Manly Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Pulpit Rock Lookout (in Blue Mountains National Park) and Coachwood Glen Nature Trail (in Megalong Valley). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Bondi Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and get a sense of history and politics at Government House.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Sydney trip planning app .

London, UK to Sydney is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) is 10 hours. Traveling from London in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Sydney: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, Pulpit Rock Lookout
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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.
Visiting Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and The Brisbane River will get you outdoors. Get some historical perspective at Wolston Farmhouse and Old Petrie Town. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Newstead House, explore and take pictures at Suncorp Stadium, admire the landmark architecture of Customs House, and take in the views from Victoria Bridge Abutment.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. October in Brisbane sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Old Petrie Town, Wolston Farmhouse
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Wolston Farmhouse ©
Wolston Farmhouse
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
The Brisbane River ©
The Brisbane River

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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. Get some historical perspective at St Monica's Cathedral and Historic Village Herberton. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Port Douglas (Coffee Works & Four Mile Beach) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). And it doesn't end there: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, get your game on at Cairns Kart Hire Track, and appreciate the history behind Cairns Cenotaph.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planner.

Fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Brisbane in November, with highs in Cairns at 36°C and lows at 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Cairns Kart Hire Track, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Historic Village Herberton
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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