11 days in Cairns, Brisbane & Gold Coast Itinerary

11 days in Cairns, Brisbane & Gold Coast Itinerary

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11 days in Cairns, Brisbane & Gold Coast Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Adelaide

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Port Douglas (Scuba & Snorkeling, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns online tour planner .

Adelaide to Cairns is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Adelaide, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

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

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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, see the interesting displays at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, and admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane online itinerary planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cairns in July: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 24°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Museums
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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

3
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Spend the 6th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park. Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach, head outdoors with Pelican Feeding, and make a splash at Dreamworld.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip planner .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

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