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: Gothenburg
Fly:  29​h
1
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Sydney
— 8 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Gothenburg

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.
Kids will enjoy Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. Let the collections at Village Gallery and The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Palm Cove Beach, & more) and Four Mile Beach (in Port Douglas). Next up on the itinerary: tour the water at your own pace with Shaolin Junk Cruises, admire the masterpieces at KickArts Contemporary Arts, browse the exhibits of Underart Gallery, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary maker .

Gothenburg, Sweden to Cairns is an approximately 29-hour flight. Traveling from Gothenburg to Cairns, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Gothenburg in October: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 34°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Port Douglas, Earl Hill
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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.
Popular historic sites such as Chenrezig Institute and Caloundra Lighthouses are in your itinerary. Kids will appreciate attractions like Sea World Theme Park and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford) and Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage (in Buderim). There's much more to do: have some family-friendly fun at South Bank Parklands, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nepalese Pagoda, explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Moffat Beach.

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Traveling by flight from Cairns to Brisbane takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cairns in November: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 31°C and lows are around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra, Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, Chenrezig Institute
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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

8
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.
Bring the kids along to Australian National Maritime Museum and Hyde Park Barracks Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Rocks and The National Pass. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Faulconbridge to see Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, admire the masterpieces at White Rabbit Gallery, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, The National Pass
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Australian National Maritime Museum ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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