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: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Sydney

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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.
Appreciate the collections at Australian National Maritime Museum and Hyde Park Barracks Museum. Family-friendly places like Bondi Beach and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through The Rocks, make a trip to Sydney Harbour Bridge, stroll through Manly Beach, and admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip builder tool .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Sydney. In September in Sydney, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Australian National Maritime Museum ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
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1
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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.
On the 22nd (Sat), browse the collection at State Library Of Queensland and then let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Brisbane online visit planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
State Library Of Queensland ©
State Library Of Queensland

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Cairns

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral and then admire all the interesting features of Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones, enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns route planner.

Getting from Brisbane to Cairns by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In September, Cairns is somewhat warmer than Brisbane - with highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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