28 days in Cairns Region & Brisbane Region Itinerary

28 days in Cairns Region & Brisbane Region Itinerary

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28 days in Cairns Region & Brisbane Region Itinerary

Zurich
Fly:  22​h 45​min
Cairns
— 11 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
Moreton Island
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h
North Stradbroke Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
Ipswich
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Brisbane
— 6 nights
Fly:  26​h
Zurich

11
days
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Kayaking & Canoeing, & more). Spend the 11th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 20th (Sat) exploring nature at Barron Gorge National Park. There's much more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, get interesting insight from Shaolin Junk Cruises, make a trip to Green Island, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cairns itinerary planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Zurich to Cairns, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zurich in October, expect Cairns to be much warmer, temps between 34°C and 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Moreton Island.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Centenary Lakes - Cairns Botanic Gardens, Barron Gorge National Park
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

few
hours
Moreton Island

Moreton Island ©
Off Queensland's southeastern coast, Moreton Island offers steep dunes and beaches.
On the 21st (Sun), get outside with Tangalooma Island Resort Dolphin Feeding and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Moreton Lighthouse.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Moreton Island trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cairns to Moreton Island. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cairns in October; daily highs in Moreton Island reach 29°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to North Stradbroke Island.

Things to do in Moreton Island

#Outdoors, #Historic Sites
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Cape Moreton Lighthouse ©
Cape Moreton Lighthouse

3
days
North Stradbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island ©
Spend the 24th (Wed) exploring nature at Blue Lake National Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the North Stradbroke Island visit planner .

Traveling by car from Moreton Island to North Stradbroke Island takes 6 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ipswich.

Things to do in North Stradbroke Island

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

4
days
Ipswich

Ipswich ©
Ipswich is an urban region in south-east Queensland, Australia, which is located in the south-west of the Brisbane metropolitan area. Spend the 28th (Sun) on horseback at Flinders-Goolman Conservation Estate. The adventure continues: explore the landscape on two wheels at Hidden Vale Adventure Park, do a tasting at Ironbark Ridge Vineyard, explore and take pictures at Queensland Raceways, and brush up on your military savvy at RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Ipswich journey website .

You can drive from North Stradbroke Island to Ipswich in 4 hours. Traveling from North Stradbroke Island in October, expect nights in Ipswich to be slightly colder, around 13°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 33°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Ipswich

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
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Hidden Vale Adventure Park ©
Hidden Vale Adventure Park
Queensland Raceways ©
Queensland Raceways
Nerima Gardens ©
Nerima Gardens

6
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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, get great views at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, and take a memorable drive along Captain Cook Highway.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Brisbane travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Ipswich to Brisbane takes an hour. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Ipswich in October: highs in Brisbane hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Museums, #Fun & Games

Side Trip

Captain Cook Highway
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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