14 days in Cairns, Canberra & Sunshine Coast Itinerary

14 days in Cairns, Canberra & Sunshine Coast Itinerary

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14 days in Cairns, Canberra & Sunshine Coast Itinerary

Start: Paderborn
Fly:  27​h
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Canberra
— 1 night
+2
Fly + train + bus:  6​h 30​min
3
Maleny
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Noosa
— 3 nights
Fly:  32​h
End: Paderborn

3
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach) and Safaris (in Port Douglas). Spend the 12th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, read our Cairns day trip app .

Paderborn, Germany to Cairns is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Paderborn to Cairns is 9 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Paderborn in November: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trips

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

1
night
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): get a sense of history and politics at Royal Australian Mint, get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia, then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, and finally make a trip to Mount Ainslie Lookout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Floriade, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, and then explore the activities along Lake Burley Griffin.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Canberra day trip site .

Getting from Cairns to Canberra by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. While traveling from Cairns, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Canberra, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Maleny.

Things to do in Canberra

#Parks, #Museums, #Wildlife
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
Mount Ainslie Lookout ©
Mount Ainslie Lookout

1
night
Maleny

Maleny ©
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Kings Beach, make a trip to HMAS Brisbane, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Kondalilla National Park.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Maleny day trip tool .

Traveling by combination of flight, train, and bus from Canberra to Maleny takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Traveling from Canberra in November, Maleny is a bit warmer at night with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Maleny

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Kings Beach, Kondalilla National Park
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Kondalilla National Park ©
Kondalilla National Park

3
nights
Noosa

Noosa
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
When in Noosa, make a side trip to see Lows Lookout in Coolum Beach, approximately 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park, explore the activities along Noosa River, tour the pleasant surroundings at Peregian Beach, and head outdoors with Phippsy's Smooth Water Charters.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Noosa trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Maleny to Noosa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Noosa

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Lows Lookout
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Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Phippsy's Smooth Water Charters ©
Phippsy's Smooth Water Charters

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