20 days in Cairns, Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

20 days in Cairns, Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

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20 days in Cairns, Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Baden-Baden
train + Fly:  25​h
1
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly + train:  26​h
End: Baden-Baden


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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Visit Trinity Beach and Yorkeys Knob Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Port Douglas (Four Mile Beach, Safaris, & more), Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness (in Cape Tribulation). There's still lots to do: take a tour by water with Shaolin Junk Cruises, look for gifts at Australian Leather Company, and get your game on at Cairns Kart Hire Track.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cairns journey planner .

Baden-Baden, Germany to Cairns is an approximately 25-hour combination of train and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Baden-Baden to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Baden-Baden in August, Cairns is a bit warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Cairns Kart Hire Track, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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.
Head to Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza and Art on Cairncrossfor plenty of shopping. Relax by the water at Burleigh Heads Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Mooloolaba Beach (in Mooloolaba), Kings Beach (in Caloundra) and Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage (in Buderim). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and shop like a local with Queen Street Mall.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Brisbane day trip planning app .

Fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in August, expect Brisbane to be little chillier, temps between 25°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Art on Cairncross, Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza, Mooloolaba Beach
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

7
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.
Visiting Bondi Beach and The National Pass will get you outdoors. Get some historical perspective at The Rocks and Justice & Police Museum. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Leura (The Nook & The Candy Store Leura). The adventure continues: browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, stop by Altmann + Cherny - Australian Opals, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and kick back and relax at Coogee Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney tour builder site .

You can fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Brisbane in August: highs in Sydney hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Shopping Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Leura, The National Pass
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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