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: Manchester
Fly:  23​h
1
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Sydney
— 8 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Manchester

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.
Relax by the water at Thornton Beach and Trinity Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan), Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach) and Port Douglas (Safaris & Opal Reef). Spend the 16th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 20th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. It doesn't end there: sample the tasty concoctions at Blue Sky Brewery.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Cairns day trip planning tool .

Manchester, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Traveling from Manchester in February, things will get much hotter in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

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

5
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.
Relax by the water at Burleigh Heads Beach and Mooloolaba Beach. Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to Surfers Paradise Beach (in Surfers Paradise), Pelican Feeding (in Labrador) and Slideways - Go Karting Gold Coast (in Nerang). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, get your game on at SunJet Simulations, kick back and relax at Kings Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use 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. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cairns in February; daily highs in Brisbane reach 33°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Spas
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Bilpin (Bilpin Cider Company & Pine Crest Orchard), Dryridge Estate (in Megalong Valley) and Kurrajong Radio Museum (in Kurrajong). There's much more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sydney travel planner.

You can fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bilpin, Dryridge Estate, Kurrajong Radio Museum, Shelly Beach
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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