9 days in Australia Itinerary

9 days in Australia Itinerary

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Cairns
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Sydney
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Brisbane
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Cairns — 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Opal Reef and The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Port Douglas (Flagstaff Hill Lookout & Flagstaff Hill Walking Trail). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and admire the sheer force of Crystal Cascades.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cairns trip planner.

Syracuse, USA to Cairns is an approximately 28-hour flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Syracuse to Cairns due to the time zone difference. July in Cairns sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 64°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Sydney.
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Sydney — 3 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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk and Anzac Memorial. The adventure continues: stop by Australian Opal Cutters and Pearl Divers, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, catch some excitement at Virtual Room Sydney - Virtual Reality Sydney Adventure, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sydney route planner.

You can fly from Cairns to Sydney in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in July, things will get little chillier in Sydney: highs are around 65°F and lows about 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Brisbane.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Tours

Brisbane — 1 night

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.
On the 12th (Tue), view the masterpieces at Birrunga Gallery & Dining and then get in on the family fun at Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane.

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

You can fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Australia travel guide

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Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.
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