20 days in Brisbane, Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

20 days in Brisbane, Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Singapore
Subway + 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 + Subway:  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 parks, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, and get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Brisbane vacation builder.

Singapore, Singapore to Brisbane is an approximately 11.5- hour combination of subway and flight. You can also do a combination of subway, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from Singapore Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Singapore in October; daily highs in Brisbane reach 29°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow time for travel 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), Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cairns online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Cairns takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in October; daily highs in Cairns reach 34°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

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

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.
When in Sydney, make a side trip to see Shelly Beach in Manly, approximately Manly away. Next up on the itinerary: see a show at Sydney Opera House, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner.

You can fly from Cairns to Sydney in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Cairns in November: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 29°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

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
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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