24 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

24 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

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24 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
— 9 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.
Spend the 8th (Sun) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. Next up on the itinerary: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through The Rocks, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach.

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Manchester, UK to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Manchester to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Manchester in December; daily highs in Sydney reach 32°C and lows reach 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Sydney Harbour National Park
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Sea World Theme Park in Main Beach (about 1h 30 min away). And it doesn't end there: get your game on at South Bank Parklands, enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach, admire the natural beauty at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and take a leisurely stroll along Eagle Street Pier.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. December in Brisbane sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Caloundra, Sea World Theme Park
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

9
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Rex Lookout (in Wangetti), Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Spas & Wellness, & more) and Port Douglas (Safaris, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more). Spend the 15th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, stroll through Thornton Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns tour planner.

You can fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Brisbane in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cairns: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 26°C at night. On the 24th (Tue), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

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

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