12 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

12 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

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12 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly:  28​h
1
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Berlin

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Surfer's Paradise Beach and Moffat Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Burleigh Heads Beach and Dicky Beach. Go for a jaunt from Brisbane to Main Beach to see Marina Mirage about 1h 35 min away. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, cruise along Captain Cook Highway, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane trip website .

Berlin, Germany to Brisbane is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Berlin to Brisbane. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in November, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Burleigh Heads, Caloundra, Surfer's Paradise Beach, Marina Mirage, Captain Cook Highway
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Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

5
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 in touch with nature at Four Mile Beach and Palm Cove Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Trinity Beach and Yorkeys Knob Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Port Douglas (Coffee Works & Safaris) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). Spend the 7th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk and pause for some photo ops at Cairns Cenotaph.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns road trip planning site .

Getting from Brisbane to Cairns by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Yorkeys Knob Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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