22 days in Cairns, Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

22 days in Cairns, Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

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22 days in Cairns, Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Edinburgh
Fly:  28​h
1
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Sydney
— 7 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  27​h
End: Edinburgh

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 out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach) and Port Douglas (Safaris, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more). Spend the 16th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

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

Edinburgh, UK to Cairns is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Edinburgh to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Edinburgh in November, expect Cairns to be warmer, temps between 36°C and 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove
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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Sea World Theme Park in Main Beach (about 1h 30 min away). The adventure continues: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, kick back and relax at Dicky Beach, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip planner.

Fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cairns in November, with highs in Brisbane at 31°C and lows at 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Caloundra, Sea World Theme Park
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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
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.
Spend the 3rd (Thu) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's lots more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, stroll through Manly Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip maker app .

You can fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Sydney Harbour National Park, North Head Sanctuary
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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