29 days in Cairns Region & Brisbane Region Itinerary

29 days in Cairns Region & Brisbane Region Itinerary

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29 days in Cairns Region & Brisbane Region Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 12 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Moreton Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h
3
Darlington
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Brisbane
— 9 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: London

12
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach. Visit St Monica's Cathedral and McLeod Street Pioneer Cemetery for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Kayaking & Canoeing). Spend the 16th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, do some two-wheel cruising with Trail Bike Adventures, identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands, and take in the exciting artwork at Underart Gallery.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cairns trip maker app .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from London in September; daily highs in Cairns reach 33°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time for travel to Moreton Island.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Cairns Kart Hire Track, The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

2
nights
Moreton Island

Moreton Island ©
Off Queensland's southeastern coast, Moreton Island offers steep dunes and beaches.
On the 24th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Tangalooma Wrecks and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Moreton Lighthouse.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Moreton Island trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cairns to Moreton Island. In September, Moreton Island is little chillier than Cairns - with highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Darlington.

Things to do in Moreton Island

#Historic Sites
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Cape Moreton Lighthouse ©
Cape Moreton Lighthouse
Tangalooma Wrecks ©
Tangalooma Wrecks

3
nights
Darlington

Darlington ©
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: experience rural life at Mountview Alpaca Farm, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at O'Reillys Birds of Prey, and then get to know the fascinating history of Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Darlington trip app .

You can drive from Moreton Island to Darlington in 4 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Darlington can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Darlington

#Nature, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Lamington National Park, Mountview Alpaca Farm
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Mountview Alpaca Farm ©
Mountview Alpaca Farm
Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk ©
Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk

9
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Wolston Farmhouse and Victoria Bridge Abutment. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Queensland Art Gallery and Queensland Museum & Sciencentre. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take a memorable drive along Captain Cook Highway, contemplate the long history of Fort Lytton National Park, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Darlington to Brisbane in 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Brisbane are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Museums, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Captain Cook Highway, Wolston Farmhouse
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
The Brisbane River
The Brisbane River

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