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 + train:  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

Caloundra, Burleigh Heads, Captain Cook Highway, Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre, Surfer's Paradise Beach
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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

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