39 days in Cairns, Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

39 days in Cairns, Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

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39 days in Cairns, Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Paderborn
Fly:  27​h
1
Cairns
— 13 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Brisbane
— 10 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Sydney
— 12 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: Paderborn

13
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness (in Cape Tribulation), Port Douglas (Safaris, Opal Reef, & more) and Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 10th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, tour the water at your own pace with Shaolin Junk Cruises, kick back and relax at Wonga Beach, and stroll through Yorkeys Knob Beach.

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Paderborn, Germany to Cairns is an approximately 27-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Paderborn to Cairns. Traveling from Paderborn in April, things will get much warmer in Cairns: highs are around 34°C and lows about 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Wonga Beach, Alexandra Bay Waterfall, Sugarworld Waterpark
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

10
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.
Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to Kondalilla National Park (in Montville), Conondale National Park (in Kenilworth) and Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach). The adventure continues: enjoy some diversion at South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland, enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach, and stroll through Kings Beach.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane road trip planning site .

Fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in April, things will get a bit cooler in Brisbane: highs are around 30°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra, Conondale National Park, Mooloolaba Beach, Kondalilla National Park
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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

12
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: Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba), Everglades Historic House and Gardens (in Leura) and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge). Spend the 9th (Thu) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. The adventure continues: see a show at Sydney Opera House, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

Before you visit Sydney, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Brisbane to Sydney by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. May in Sydney sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Sydney Harbour National Park, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Everglades Historic House and Gardens, Wentworth Falls, Gallery Blackheath
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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