49 days in Cairns, Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

49 days in Cairns, Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

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49 days in Cairns, Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 18 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Brisbane
— 14 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 14 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Zurich

18
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Daintree National Park (in Cape Tribulation), Port Douglas (Port Douglas Microlights, Funstuff by Lynda, & more) and Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach, Kayaking & Canoeing, & more). Spend the 16th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 26th (Thu) exploring nature at Barron Gorge National Park. The adventure continues: tour the water at your own pace with Shaolin Junk Cruises, make a trip to Green Island, let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, and have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns journey planner .

Zurich, Switzerland to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Zurich to Cairns. In July, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Mossman, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Barron Gorge National Park
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

14
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: Kondalilla National Park (in Montville), Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach) and Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford). Pack the 13th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Dreamworld. Spend the 15th (Wed) exploring nature at Conondale National Park. The adventure continues: get your game on at South Bank Parklands, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take in nature's colorful creations at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and play a few rounds at Tanawha Valley Golf & Tennis.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Cairns in August: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 25°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Theme Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Sea World Theme Park, Kings Beach, Tanawha Valley Golf & Tennis, Art on Cairncross
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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

14
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Gallery Blackheath (in Blackheath), Blue Mountains National Park (Pulpit Rock Lookout & Grand Canyon track) and Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba). Spend the 19th (Sun) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see ratings and more tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Brisbane to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: 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). Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Wentworth Falls, Gallery Blackheath
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

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