10 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

10 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

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10 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Brisbane
— 4 nights
2
Cairns
— 5 nights
End: Sydney

4
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 Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. Escape the urban bustle at Burleigh Heads Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to SkyPoint Climb (in Surfers Paradise), Kings Beach (in Caloundra) and Pelican Feeding (in Labrador). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, kick back and relax at Moffat Beach, and view the masterpieces at Montville Art Gallery.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane route builder tool .

Sydney to Brisbane is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Montville Art Gallery, Mooloolaba Beach
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

5
nights
Cairns

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Daintree National Park and Balloon Rides. Explore hidden gems such as Historic Village Herberton and Michaelmas Cay. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Australian Butterfly Sanctuary in Kuranda, about 36 minutes away. Spend the 16th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: stroll through Trinity Beach, get your game on at Cairns Kart Hire Track, and look for gifts at Australian Leather Company.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Cairns road trip planner .

Getting from Brisbane to Cairns by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Brisbane in October, with highs in Cairns at 34°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Cairns Kart Hire Track, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Historic Village Herberton, Trinity Beach, Daintree National Park
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Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay

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