12 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

12 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

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12 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: Exeter
train + Fly:  27​h
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Brisbane
— 6 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Exeter

2
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.
Visit Four Mile Beach and Trinity Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach. Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Palm Cove--about 44 minutes away. There's more to do: appreciate the history behind Cairns Cenotaph.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cairns online tour planner .

Exeter, UK to Cairns is an approximately 27-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight; or fly. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 10 hour difference. In December, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Four Mile Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

6
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.
Visit Surfer's Paradise Beach and Mooloolaba Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Burleigh Heads Beach and Moffat Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Brisbane: Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre (in Biggera Waters), Kings Beach (in Caloundra) and Tanawha Valley Golf & Tennis (in Tanawha). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and take a memorable drive along Captain Cook Highway.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip site .

Getting from Cairns to Brisbane by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in December, expect Brisbane to be little chillier, temps between 32°C and 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra, Mooloolaba Beach, Captain Cook Highway, Tanawha Valley Golf & Tennis
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

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