24 days in Sydney, Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

24 days in Sydney, Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

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24 days in Sydney, Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  24​h
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
— 8 nights
Drive:  21​h 45​min
— 7 nights
Drive:  10​h 30​min
— 1 night
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Sao Paulo


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 Caves Beach and North Narrabeen Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Historical Aircraft Restoration Society and Prince Henry Cliff Walk. Venture out of the city with trips to Norah Head Lighthouse (in Norah Head), Zipline (in Wyong Creek) and The Entrance Pelican Feed (in The Entrance). There's much more to do: grab your bike and head to Wollongong To Thirroul Bike Track, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and admire all the interesting features of The National Pass.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Sydney road trip app .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Sydney is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Sao Paulo to Sydney, you'll lose 13 hours due to the time zone difference. December in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, The National Pass, The Entrance Pelican Feed, North Narrabeen Beach, Norah Head Lighthouse
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Caves Beach ©
Caves Beach


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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Historic Village Herberton and Thornton Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Sunday Market Port Douglas and Doongal Aboriginal Art. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Birdworld Kuranda (in Kuranda), Babinda Boulders (in Babinda) and Yungaburra (Cathedral Fig Tree & Curtain Fig National Park). There's much more to do: take a peaceful walk through Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and stop by Cairns Art Gallery.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns day trip tool .

Getting from Sydney to Cairns by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in December; daily highs in Cairns reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Yungaburra, Photography Tours, Birdworld Kuranda, Babinda Boulders, Historic Village Herberton
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Cathedral Fig Tree ©
Cathedral Fig Tree
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands


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 Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre or Robina Town Shopping Centre. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kirra Beach and Kondalilla Falls. Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to Pelican Feeding (in Labrador), Kurrawa Beach (in Broadbeach) and Caloundra Lighthouses (in Kings Beach). Spend the 23rd (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, take in the waterfront at Eagle Street Pier, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and contemplate the long history of Boggo Road Gaol.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Cairns to Brisbane by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Cairns in December: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 32°C and lows are around 23°C. On the 29th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Buderim Forest Park, Caloundra Lighthouses, Kondalilla Falls
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach


Sydney ©
For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney day trip planner.

Getting from Brisbane to Sydney by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Sydney

Historic Sites
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Vaucluse House ©
Vaucluse House