11 days in Brisbane, Fraser Island & Cairns Itinerary

11 days in Brisbane, Fraser Island & Cairns Itinerary

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11 days in Brisbane, Fraser Island & Cairns Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  25​h
1
Brisbane
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
2
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 3 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), look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, admire the masterpieces at Gallery of Modern Art, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Square. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nepalese Pagoda.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip planner .

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. Traveling from London to Brisbane, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from London in March: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 32°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Wildlife Parks
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Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): get outside with The Pinnacles and then explore the activities along Eli Creek.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Fraser Island trip maker tool .

Getting from Brisbane to Fraser Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. In March in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 24°C at night. On the 19th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

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.
Get some cultural insight at Daintree Discovery Centre and Village Gallery. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Change things up with a short trip to Daintree Entomological museum in Cape Tribulation (about 2 hours away).

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cairns route builder tool .

Do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Cairns in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In March, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. You'll set off for home on the 23rd (Sat).

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Daintree Entomological museum, Daintree Discovery Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

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