20 days in Cairns, Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

20 days in Cairns, Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

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Cairns — 4 nights

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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Port Douglas (Shaolin Port Douglas & Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and get your game on at Cairns Kart Hire Track.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cairns vacation builder website.

Nottingham, UK to Cairns is an approximately 26.5-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Nottingham to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Nottingham in December, things will get warmer in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to fly to Brisbane.
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Brisbane — 4 nights

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.
Family-friendly places like South Bank Parklands and Sea World Theme Park will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Caloundra (Moffat Beach & Dicky Beach) and Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, find something for the whole family at Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane, have some family-friendly fun at Zoccer Sports - Bubble Soccer, and take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane road trip tool.

You can fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, Brisbane is slightly colder than Cairns - with highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to fly to Sydney.
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Sydney — 7 nights

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Bondi Beach and Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. Spend the 31st (Tue) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's lots more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, get your game on at Flight Experience, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Sydney attractions planner.

You can fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to fly back home.
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