20 days in Brisbane, Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

20 days in Brisbane, Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

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20 days in Brisbane, Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
2
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  6 h
3
Sydney
— 9 nights
Fly:  10 h 30 min
End: Singapore

3
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.
Brisbane is known for fun & games, sightseeing, zoos & aquariums, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have fun at South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, admire all the interesting features of Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane tour planner.

In October, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Museums Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

5
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: Port Douglas (Eye to Eye Marine Encounters, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). Spend the 30th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: get outside with Esplanade Lagoon Pool and kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Brisbane in October, with highs in Cairns at 34°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time for the flight to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

9
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.
Sydney is known for sightseeing, nightlife, nature, trails, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

For photos and other tourist information, read our Sydney sightseeing planner.

Getting from Cairns to Sydney by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Cairns in November, with highs in Sydney at 29°C and lows at 19°C.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Manly, Bondi to Coogee Walk, Sydney Harbour National Park
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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