12 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

12 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

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12 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: Edinburgh
Fly:  26​h
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
Brisbane
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  27​h
End: Edinburgh

4
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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach) and Port Douglas (Safaris & Four Mile Beach). Spend the 4th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cairns trip planner.

Edinburgh, UK to Cairns is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Edinburgh to Cairns, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Edinburgh in September, plan for much hotter days in Cairns, with highs around 33°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Port Douglas
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

4
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.
Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford) and Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach). There's still lots to do: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Brisbane trip site .

Fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Cairns in September: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 28°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Theme Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Sea World Theme Park, Warner Bros. Movie World
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

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