43 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

43 days in Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

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Sydney

— 14 nights

The Harbour City

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.
Family-friendly places like Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Hawkesbury Regional Museum (in Windsor), The Australiana Pioneer Village (in Wilberforce) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). Spend the 31st (Wed) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's much more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, stop by Sydney Fish Market, explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Sydney day trip planner.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Sydney is an approximately 26-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Copenhagen to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Copenhagen in August: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 22°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to fly to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Brisbane

— 14 nights

Australia's New World City

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.
Kids will enjoy South Bank Parklands and Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha. Change things up with these side-trips from Brisbane: Macintosh Island Park (in Surfers Paradise), Maleny (Maleny Golf Club, Maleny Dairies, &more) and Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, get great views at Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout, enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Brisbane trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Brisbane takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Cairns

— 13 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Four Mile Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Daintree Discovery Centre (in Cow Bay), Wangetti (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Rex Lookout) and Port Douglas (Horses in Port, Safaris, &more). Spend the 30th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: stroll through Palm Cove Beach, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cairns itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Cairns takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Brisbane in September: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 33°C and lows are around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips