10 days in Byron Bay, Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

10 days in Byron Bay, Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

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10 days in Byron Bay, Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Byron Bay
1
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  21​h 45​min
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  23​h 15​min
End: Byron Bay

3
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Byron Bay

Byron Bay ©
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Escape the urban bustle at Burleigh Heads Beach and Pippi Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Lennox Head Beach and Greenmount Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Byron Bay side-trips: Tugun Beach (in Tugun), David Fleay Wildlife Park (in West Burleigh) and Main Beach Yamba (in Yamba). It doesn't end there: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse and kick back and relax at Wategos Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay driving holiday website .

If you are flying in from Israel, the closest major airports are Brisbane International Airport and Gold Coast Airport. In January, daytime highs in Byron Bay are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Yamba, Lennox Head Beach
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Pippi Beach ©
Pippi Beach
Greenmount Beach ©
Greenmount Beach

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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 10th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Moffat Beach, kick back and relax at Dicky Beach, and then take a stroll through West End. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then enjoy the sand and surf at Shorncliffe Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip maker site .

Drive from Byron Bay to Brisbane in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Byron Bay in January, Brisbane is a bit warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Caloundra
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
West End ©
West End

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): explore the galleries of Doongal Aboriginal Art. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, then take in the dramatic scenery at Crystal Cascades, and finally admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Crystal Cascades
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Crystal Cascades ©
Crystal Cascades
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