29 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns Region Itinerary

29 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns Region Itinerary

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29 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns Region Itinerary

Start: Edinburgh
+2
train + bus + Fly:  27​h
1
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Brisbane
— 9 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 8 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Edinburgh

7
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.
Get some cultural insight at The Rocks and Darling Harbour. On the 16th (Mon), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. There's still lots to do: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, contemplate the long history of Justice & Police Museum, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and examine the collection at Hyde Park Barracks Museum.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Sydney trip itinerary builder site .

Edinburgh, UK to Sydney is an approximately 27-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Edinburgh to Sydney is 10 hours. Traveling from Edinburgh in December, things will get warmer in Sydney: highs are around 32°C and lows about 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

9
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Queensland Art Gallery and Opal Museum. Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to Pelican Feeding (in Labrador), Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach) and Surfers Paradise Beach (in Surfers Paradise). Next up on the itinerary: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and see the interesting displays at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane online journey planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Brisbane are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra, SunJet Simulations
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

8
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.
Get some cultural insight at Village Gallery and Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns. Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, & more). Spend the 2nd (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 5th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, take a memorable tour with Tours, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and kick back and relax at Trinity Beach.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cairns road trip planning website .

You can fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Macalister Brewing Company, Trinity Beach, Cairns Kart Hire Track
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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