22 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

22 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

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22 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

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

6
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 16th (Sat) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's much more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, stroll through Manly Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip itinerary planning tool .

Edinburgh, UK to Sydney is an approximately 27-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Edinburgh to Sydney is 10 hours. Traveling from Edinburgh in November, things will get warmer in Sydney: highs are around 29°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Sydney Harbour National Park
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around South Bank Parklands, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach, and look for gifts at Psychic Readings Twin Featherz.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in November, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Sea World Theme Park, Moffat 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Palm Cove Beach, & more) and Port Douglas (Safaris, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more). Spend the 22nd (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns travel route website .

Getting from Brisbane to Cairns by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in November, things will get a bit warmer in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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