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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Port Douglas (Scuba & Snorkeling, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). There's still lots to do: hike along 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 see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns tour itinerary maker site .

Adelaide to Cairns is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Adelaide in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cairns, with highs around 30°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

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 little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, get great views at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, and stop by Noosa Chocolate Factory.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Brisbane trip builder app .

You can fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In July, Brisbane is slightly colder than Cairns - with highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time 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. There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, head outdoors with Pelican Feeding, make a splash at Dreamworld, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Surfers Paradise Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast online route planner .

You can drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up 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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