23 days in Cairns Region, Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

23 days in Cairns Region, Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

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23 days in Cairns Region, Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Nuremberg
Fly:  23​h
1
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Brisbane
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly + train:  26​h
End: Nuremberg

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Historic Village Herberton and Curtain Fig National Park. Get outdoors at Palm Cove Beach and Four Mile Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Safaris (in Port Douglas) and Palm Cove (Kayaking & Canoeing & Hartley's Crocodile Adventures). Spend the 27th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, hunt for treasures at Rusty's Market, and view the masterpieces at Doongal Aboriginal Art.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cairns day trip planning tool .

Nuremberg, Germany to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Nuremberg to Cairns. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Nuremberg in October: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 34°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Port Douglas, Historic Village Herberton, Curtain Fig National Park
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton

7
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Kings Beach and Kirra Beach. Popular historic sites such as New Govardhana Australia and St Vincent's Catholic Church are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Brisbane: Bulcock Beach (in Caloundra), Surfers Paradise (Surfer's Paradise Beach & Infinity Attraction) and Kondalilla Falls (in Montville). Spend the 5th (Tue) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. And it doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Shopping Centre, get a taste of the local shopping with Sanctuary Markets, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kurrawa Beach, and look for all kinds of wild species at Burleigh Head National Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Cairns to Brisbane by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Cairns in November; daily highs in Brisbane reach 31°C and lows reach 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra, Fingal Head Lighthouse, Maroochydore Beach, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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Bulcock Beach ©
Bulcock Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Werri Beach and The Rocks Markets. Do your shopping at Sydney Fish Market and Captain Chocolate. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Shelly Beach (in Manly), The Nook (in Leura) and Katoomba (Wentworth Falls & The Giant Stairway). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, wander the streets of The Rocks, kick back and relax at Palm Beach, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nan Tien Temple.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Sydney trip maker app .

Getting from Brisbane to Sydney by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In November in Sydney, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Captain Chocolate, Nan Tien Temple, Shelly Beach, The Nook
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The Rocks Markets ©
The Rocks Markets
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Palm Beach ©
Palm Beach

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