19 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

19 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

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19 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Brisbane
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 4 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Jenolan Caves and Featherdale Wildlife Park. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Katoomba (Wentworth Falls & Blue Mountains) and Cathedral of Ferns Walk (in Mt Wilson). There's much more to do: take a stroll through The Rocks, make a trip to Sydney Harbour Bridge, admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Cathedral.

Before you visit Sydney, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

London, UK to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Sydney. In June, daytime highs in Sydney are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Katoomba, Jenolan Caves, Cathedral of Ferns Walk, Featherdale Wildlife Park
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Featherdale Wildlife Park ©
Featherdale Wildlife Park
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Coolangatta Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Fingal Head Lighthouse and Saint Augustine's Catholic Church will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary (in Currumbin), Pelican Feeding (in Labrador) and Mooloolaba Beach (in Mooloolaba). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, admire the natural beauty at Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, admire the sheer force of Kondalilla Falls, and admire the masterpieces at Gallery of Modern Art.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip planner.

Getting from Sydney to Brisbane by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Fingal Head Lighthouse, Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, Kondalilla Falls, Mooloolaba Beach
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

4
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Historic Village Herberton and St Monica's Cathedral. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Trinity Beach and Mossman Gorge. Venture out of the city with trips to Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas (in Port Douglas), Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Jaques Coffee Plantation (in Mareeba). Spend the 10th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 8th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and admire the landmark architecture of Freshwater Station.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cairns trip site .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Cairns takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in July; daily highs in Cairns reach 30°C and lows reach 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Historic Village Herberton, Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach, Mossman Gorge Centre, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 11:
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Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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