27 days in Cairns, Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

27 days in Cairns, Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

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27 days in Cairns, Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Dusseldorf
train + Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 9 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Sydney
— 9 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Dusseldorf

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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness (in Cape Tribulation), Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, & more) and Port Douglas (Safaris, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more). Spend the 4th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: choose your vessel at Shaolin Junk Cruises, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones, and admire the striking features of Freshwater Station.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cairns road trip planning app .

Dusseldorf, Germany to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Dusseldorf in August: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 31°C and lows are around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Earl Hill
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford), Mount Ngungun (in Glass House Mountains) and Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach). There's still lots to do: have fun at South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Brisbane trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Brisbane takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in August, expect Brisbane to be a bit cooler, temps between 25°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Maleny, Gold Coast, Mount Ngungun
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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
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 23rd (Fri) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. And it doesn't end there: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and look for gifts at Sydney Fish Market.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in August, you will find days in Sydney are a bit cooler (22°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Museums 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

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