10 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

10 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

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10 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  25​h
1
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

1
night
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.
On the 15th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and then look for gifts at Noosa Chocolate Factory.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane day trip planning site .

London, UK to Brisbane is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Brisbane due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in February, expect Brisbane to be much warmer, temps between 33°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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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

5
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 Cairns' surroundings by going to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove), Rex Lookout (in Wangetti) and Port Douglas (Safaris & Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas). Spend the 17th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns day trip planner.

You can fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in February, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Cairns, with lows around 28°C. You will leave for home on the 22nd (Fri).

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Rex Lookout
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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