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: Nottingham
+2
train + foot + Fly:  26​h
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Sydney
— 7 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  27​h
End: Nottingham

4
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Venture out of the city with trips to Port Douglas (Safaris & Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and get a new perspective on things with Shaolin Junk Cruises.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns road trip planning app .

Nottingham, UK to Cairns is an approximately 26-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Nottingham to Cairns, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Nottingham in December, expect Cairns to be warmer, temps between 36°C and 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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.
Attractions like Sea World Theme Park and Moffat Beach make great kid-friendly stops. When in Brisbane, make a side trip to see Warner Bros. Movie World in Oxenford, approximately 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, have some family-friendly fun at Zoccer Sports - Bubble Soccer, get a sense of history and politics at Queensland Parliament, and laugh and play at Wheel of Brisbane.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane trip itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Cairns in December; daily highs in Brisbane reach 32°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Bondi Beach and Australian National Maritime Museum. Spend the 31st (Tue) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. And it doesn't end there: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and take a stroll through The Rocks.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip maker tool .

Getting from Brisbane to Sydney by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Sydney Harbour National Park
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

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