23 days in Cairns, Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

23 days in Cairns, Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

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23 days in Cairns, Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Hamburg
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Brisbane
— 8 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Hamburg

5
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 in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Relax by the water at Palm Cove Beach and Four Mile Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Safaris (in Port Douglas), Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery (in Mossman) and Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness (in Cape Tribulation). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinity Beach and pause for some photo ops at Cairns Cenotaph.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns day trip planning site .

Hamburg, Germany to Cairns is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from Hamburg in December, expect Cairns to be warmer, temps between 36°C and 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

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

8
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Burleigh Heads Beach and Mooloolaba Beach. Museum-lovers will appreciate Queensland Art Gallery and Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage. Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to Marina Mirage (in Main Beach), Surfer's Paradise Beach (in Surfers Paradise) and Caloundra (Caloundra Regional Art Gallery & Kings Beach). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland, stroll through Burleigh Head National Park, and kick back and relax at Moffat Beach.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Brisbane trip planner .

Getting from Cairns to Brisbane by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cairns in December; daily highs in Brisbane reach 32°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Gold Coast, Art on Cairncross, Maroochydore Beach, Mooloolaba Beach
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Appreciate the collections at Australian National Maritime Museum and White Rabbit Gallery. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, see the interesting displays at Hyde Park Barracks Museum, explore the world behind art at Brett Whiteley Studio, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

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Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Museums
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Australian National Maritime Museum ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

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