30 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

30 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

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30 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  26​h
Brisbane
— 14 nights
Fly:  4​h
Cairns
— 13 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Amsterdam

14
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Mooloolaba Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to Bee Gees Way (in Redcliffe), Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah) and Kirra Beach (in Coolangatta). Spend the 27th (Sat) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, relax in the rural setting at Tropical Fruit World, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Brisbane is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Brisbane due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in October, expect Brisbane to be somewhat warmer, temps between 29°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Burleigh Heads, Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre, Tropical Fruit World
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

13
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Daintree Discovery Centre and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Floravilla Ice Cream Factory (in Daintree), Port Douglas (Coffee Works, Agincourt Reef, & more) and Daintree National Park (in Cape Tribulation). Spend the 3rd (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, have fun at Muddy's Playground, kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, and step off the mainland to explore Michaelmas Cay.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Cairns road trip planning tool .

You can fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in October, expect Cairns to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 24°C. You'll set off for home on the 13th (Tue).

Things to do in Cairns

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Kuranda, Port Douglas, Jaques Coffee Plantation, Trinity Beach, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

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