29 days in Cairns, Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

29 days in Cairns, Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

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29 days in Cairns, Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Cardiff
Fly:  26​h
1
Cairns
— 7 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Sydney
— 10 nights
Fly + train:  28​h
End: Cardiff

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.
Daintree Discovery Centre and Historic Village Herberton are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to Village Gallery and Doongal Aboriginal Artfor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach), Spy & Camera Museum (in Herberton) and Port Douglas (Safaris, Des Spencer Galleries, & more). Spend the 13th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Thornton Beach, get great views at Earl Hill, brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Samurai Gallery Australia.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip itinerary builder app .

Cardiff, UK to Cairns is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Cardiff to Cairns, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Cardiff in August; daily highs in Cairns reach 31°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Herberton, Trinity Beach, Port Douglas, Atherton Tableland
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

7
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.
Visiting Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Burleigh Heads Beach will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Queensland Art Gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to Art on Cairncross (in Maleny), Caloundra (Queensland Air Museum & Seaview Art Gallery) and Montville (Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith & Montville Art Gallery). Spend the 28th (Wed) with some fine spirits on a distillery tour. There's much more to do: stop by Opals Down Under, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mooloolaba Beach, walk around South Bank Parklands, and take in the exciting artwork at Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Brisbane day trip planner .

Fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in August, things will get little chillier in Brisbane: highs are around 25°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Caloundra, Gold Coast, Montville, Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, Kawana Shoppingworld
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

10
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bondi Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Head to Brett Whiteley Studio and Karlangu Aboriginal Art Centrefor some retail therapy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Lennox Bridge (in Blaxland), Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum (in Valley Heights). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of The Rocks, hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney journey site .

Getting from Brisbane to Sydney by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in August, you will find days in Sydney are little chillier (22°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Lennox Bridge, Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum, Lincoln's Rock, Falls Gallery, Kurrajong Radio Museum
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

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