12 days in Cairns & Brisbane Region Itinerary

12 days in Cairns & Brisbane Region Itinerary

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12 days in Cairns & Brisbane Region Itinerary

Wellington
Fly:  7​h 30​min
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
North Stradbroke Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
Bribie Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Caboolture
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
Gatton
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
Wellington

2
days
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.
On the 26th (Fri), paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, then head off the coast to Michaelmas Cay, and then identify plant and animal life at Tablelands, Waterfalls, and Spanish Castle.

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

Wellington, New Zealand to Cairns is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Wellington in October, expect nights in Cairns to be somewhat warmer, around 24°C, while days are warmer, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to North Stradbroke Island.

Things to do in Cairns

#Adventure, #Outdoors, #Tours

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Kayaking & Canoeing
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Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
days
North Stradbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Frenchman's Beach and then take a leisurely stroll along North Gorge Walk. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Amity Point Beach, then kick back and relax at Cylinder Beach, and then stroll the grounds of Dunwich Cemetery.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the North Stradbroke Island road trip planning site .

Wellington, New Zealand to North Stradbroke Island is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Wellington to North Stradbroke Island is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Wellington in October; daily highs in North Stradbroke Island reach 29°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Bribie Island.

Things to do in North Stradbroke Island

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks
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Frenchman's Beach ©
Frenchman's Beach
North Gorge Walk
North Gorge Walk

2
days
Bribie Island

Bribie Island ©
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): tour the water at your own pace with BBQ Boat Hire and then kick back and relax at Sylvan Beach. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Bongaree Beach, then examine the collection at Bribie Island Seaside Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Woorim Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Bribie Island travel planner.

Getting from North Stradbroke Island to Bribie Island by car takes about 4.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Bribie Island are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Caboolture.

Things to do in Bribie Island

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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BBQ Boat Hire ©
BBQ Boat Hire
Bribie Island Seaside Museum ©
Bribie Island Seaside Museum

1
day
Caboolture

Caboolture ©
Caboolture is a town and suburb in Moreton Bay Region, Queensland, Australia. On the 2nd (Fri), explore the world behind art at Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology, contemplate the long history of Caboolture Historical Village, and then explore the activities along Centenary Lakes.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Caboolture online visit planner .

Getting from Bribie Island to Caboolture by car takes about 1.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Gatton.

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#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Nature
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Caboolture Historical Village ©
Caboolture Historical Village
Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology ©

few
hours
Gatton

Gatton ©
Gatton is a town and the administrative centre of the Lockyer Valley local government area situated in the Lockyer Valley of South East Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): see the interesting displays at Laidley Pioneer Village and Museum and then make a trip to Laidley.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Gatton trip planner.

Getting from Caboolture to Gatton by car takes about 2 hours. When traveling from Caboolture in November, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Gatton: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gatton

#Museums

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Laidley
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Laidley Pioneer Village and Museum ©
Laidley ©
Laidley

3
days
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Queensland Art Gallery and Newstead House. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wolston Farmhouse and Boggo Road Gaol. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, get lost in a book at State Library Of Queensland, contemplate the long history of Victoria Bridge Abutment, and take a stroll through Queen Street Mall.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Gatton to Brisbane in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Gatton in November, you will find days in Brisbane are little chillier (31°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). On the 6th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Historic Sites, #Shopping, #Neighborhoods

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Wolston Farmhouse
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Boggo Road Gaol ©
Boggo Road Gaol
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Wolston Farmhouse ©
Wolston Farmhouse

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