9 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

9 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

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9 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Jakarta
bus + Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  10​h 45​min
End: Jakarta

3
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.
Family-friendly places like Bondi Beach and Manly Beach will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and stroll through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip maker website .

Jakarta, Indonesia to Sydney is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from West Indonesia Time (WIB) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) is 3 hours. In December, Sydney is a bit cooler than Jakarta - with highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): kick back and relax at Moffat Beach, then let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, and then steep yourself in history at Victoria Bridge Abutment. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

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Getting from Sydney to Brisbane by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife

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Moffat Beach
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral and then hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary planning site .

You can fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Cairns are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Adventure Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

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