10 days in Cairns, Fraser Island & Brisbane Itinerary

10 days in Cairns, Fraser Island & Brisbane Itinerary

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10 days in Cairns, Fraser Island & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  23​h
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h
2
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
3
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Manchester

3
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 get in some beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Four Mile Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Yorkeys Knob Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Coffee Works in Port Douglas (about 1h 25 min away). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinity Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns travel route planner.

Manchester, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Manchester to Cairns. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Manchester in April; daily highs in Cairns reach 34°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 20th (Sat), delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Eli Creek.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Fraser Island online trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Cairns to Fraser Island in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow time for travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Nature Parks Beaches
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Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Central Station Rainforest ©
Central Station Rainforest

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.
On the 22nd (Mon), kick back and relax at Moffat Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at The Brisbane River and then kick back and relax at Dicky Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Brisbane online journey planner .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Brisbane in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. April in Brisbane sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Caloundra
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach

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