59 days in Cairns, Brisbane Region & Sydney Itinerary

59 days in Cairns, Brisbane Region & Sydney Itinerary

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59 days in Cairns, Brisbane Region & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Bristol
Fly:  25​h
1
Cairns
— 18 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 18 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Sydney
— 18 nights
Fly + train:  26​h
End: Bristol

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Port Douglas (Safaris, Horses in Port, & more), Cape Tribulation (Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness & Daintree National Park) and Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Palm Cove Beach, & more). Spend the 22nd (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall, don't miss a visit to Green Island, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns day trip app .

Bristol, UK to Cairns is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Bristol to Cairns due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Cape Tribulation, Edge Hill, Palm Cove, Crystal Cascades
Find places to stay Dec 22 — Jan 9:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

18
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: Ipswich (St Marys Catholic Church & Queensland Raceways), Old Petrie Town (in Whiteside) and Wolston Farmhouse (in Wacol). The adventure continues: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, contemplate the waterfront views at The Brisbane River, and take some stellar pictures from Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Brisbane takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Cairns in January, plan for little chillier days in Brisbane, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Outdoors

Side Trips

Ipswich, Victoria Point Reserve, Redland Art Gallery, Venman Bushland National Park, White Ridge Farm
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 28:
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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

18
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Blue Mountains National Park (Anvil Rock Lookout & The National Pass), Shelly Beach (in Manly) and Gallery Blackheath (in Blackheath). Spend the 3rd (Sun) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's lots more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through The Rocks, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Sydney online journey planner .

Fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Blue Mountains National Park, Sydney Harbour National Park, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Gallery Blackheath
Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 15:
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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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