5 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

5 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

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5 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  4​h
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Brisbane
— 2 nights
End: Brisbane

2
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas (in Port Douglas). Spend the 1st (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk and pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cairns travel route planner.

Brisbane to Cairns is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in September, expect Cairns to be a bit warmer, temps between 33°C and 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then have some family-friendly fun at South Bank Parklands. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In October, Brisbane is little chillier than Cairns - with highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Fun & Games, #Wildlife
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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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