31 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

31 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

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31 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 8 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Brisbane
— 11 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 11 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Sydney

8
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.
Visit The Rocks and Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk for their historical value. Discover out-of-the-way places like Featherdale Wildlife Park and St. Mary's Cathedral. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Shelly Beach (in Manly), Colonial Golf And Footgolf Course (in Werrington) and Katoomba (The Three Sisters, The Giant Stairway, & more). And it doesn't end there: hike along Cronulla Beach Walk, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, stroll through Bondi Beach, and make a trip to Sydney Opera House.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Sydney travel route planner .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Sydney. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in November, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, The Entrance Heritage Walk, Colonial Golf And Footgolf Course, Wentworth Falls, Shelly Beach
Highlights from your plan
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bronte Beach ©
Bronte Beach
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman

11
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Mooloolaba Beach and Kings Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Bulcock Beach and Maroochydore Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Kawana Beach (in Buderim), Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve (in Maleny) and Kondalilla Falls (in Montville). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Mount Coolum, stroll around Laurel Bank Park, see the interesting displays at Museum of Brisbane, and step off the mainland to explore St Helena Island National Park.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane online sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Toowoomba, Mooloolaba, Caloundra, Mount Coolum, Thrill Hill Waterslide
Highlights from your plan
Maroochydore Beach ©
Maroochydore Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach

11
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Mossman Gorge Centre and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get a sense of the local culture at Historic Village Herberton and Emu Ridge Gallery. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove), Wooroonooran National Park (in Topaz) and Kuranda (Wrights Lookout, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, & more). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find out how to plan a trip to Cairns, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In November, Cairns is a bit warmer than Brisbane - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kuranda, Port Douglas, Yungaburra, Palm Cove Beach, Wooroonooran National Park
Highlights from your plan
Josephine Falls ©
Josephine Falls
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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