22 days in Brisbane, Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

22 days in Brisbane, Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

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22 days in Brisbane, Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  26​h
1
Brisbane
— 7 nights
2
Cairns
— 7 nights
3
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Manchester

7
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brisbane: Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach) and Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford). There's much more to do: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, explore and take pictures at Suncorp Stadium, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and take in nature's colorful creations at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane online trip maker .

Manchester, UK to Brisbane is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Manchester in March; daily highs in Brisbane reach 32°C and lows reach 23°C. On the 17th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Dicky Beach
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

7
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Port Douglas (Safaris & Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas) and Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Spas & Wellness, & more). Spend the 18th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, and head outdoors with Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

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You can fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Cairns when traveling from Brisbane in March, with lows around 27°C. On the 24th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Port Douglas, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through The Rocks, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Cairns to Sydney by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In March, Sydney is a bit cooler than Cairns - with highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden

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