23 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

23 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

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23 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

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

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Clovelly. Head to Sydney Fish Market and Leura Mallfor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Katoomba (Katoomba Antique Centre & Lost Bear Gallery) and Lincoln's Rock (in Blue Mountains National Park). There's much more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, browse the fresh offerings at Danks Street Produce Merchants, and get some fabulous bargains at Birkenhead Point Brand Outlet.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney online trip maker .

Manchester, UK to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Sydney is 10 hours. Traveling from Manchester in July, plan for little chillier nights in Sydney, with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Shopping Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Katoomba, Lincoln's Rock, Leura Mall
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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.
For shopping fun, head to Opals Down Under or Montville Art Gallery. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Burleigh Heads Beach and Mooloolaba Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Art on Cairncross (in Maleny), Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah) and Kawana Shoppingworld (in Buddina). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, explore the galleries of Tina Cooper Gallery, view the masterpieces at Anthea Polson Art, and stroll through Surfer's Paradise Beach.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip itinerary planning site .

You can fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Montville Art Gallery, Art on Cairncross, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, 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
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Thornton Beach and Yorkeys Knob Beach. Shop till you drop at Sunday Market Port Douglas and Floravilla Ice Cream Factory. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Village Gallery, & more) and Port Douglas (Safaris & Four Mile Beach). Spend the 15th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, view the masterpieces at Doongal Aboriginal Art, browse the exhibits of Underart Gallery, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary maker tool .

You can fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Brisbane in July: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 30°C and lows are around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Port Douglas, Thornton Beach, Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, Yorkeys Knob Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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