27 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

27 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

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27 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 8 nights
Drive:  10​h 30​min
2
Brisbane
— 15 nights
Drive:  21​h 45​min
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
End: Cairns

8
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Lincoln's Rock (in Blue Mountains National Park) and Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba). Spend the 24th (Wed) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's much more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, and admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Sydney route builder site .

If you are flying in from Netherlands, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. July in Sydney sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Wentworth Falls, Sydney Harbour National Park, Lincoln's Rock
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 29:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

15
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: Australia Zoo (in Beerwah), Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford) and Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach). Pack the 6th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Dreamworld. There's lots more to do: have some family-friendly fun at South Bank Parklands, admire all the interesting features of Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Brisbane trip itinerary planning site .

You can fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In July in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Maleny, Mooloolaba, Australia Zoo, Buderim District Park
Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 13:
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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

2
nights
Cairns

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 find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Port Douglas (Scuba & Snorkeling & Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). There's more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cairns attractions planning site .

You can fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Brisbane in August, with highs in Cairns at 31°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 16:
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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