12 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

12 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

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12 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Leipzig
foot + Fly:  31​h
1
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly + foot:  27​h
End: Leipzig

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.
Get outdoors at Surfer's Paradise Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Kings Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to Marina Mirage (in Main Beach) and Tanawha Valley Golf & Tennis (in Tanawha). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, and get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane online driving holiday planner .

Leipzig, Germany to Brisbane is an approximately 31-hour flight. Traveling from Leipzig to Brisbane, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Leipzig in July, expect Brisbane to be slightly colder, temps between 24°C and 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Burleigh Heads, Tanawha Valley Golf & Tennis, Marina Mirage, Kings Beach, Surfer's Paradise Beach
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Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings 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 outdoors at Palm Cove Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Relax by the water at Trinity Beach and Yorkeys Knob Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas & Four Mile Beach). There's lots more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, tour the water at your own pace with Shaolin Junk Cruises, do some two-wheel cruising with Trail Bike Adventures, and view the masterpieces at Doongal Aboriginal Art.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip planner .

Fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 30°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Yorkeys Knob Beach
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 19:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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