14 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

14 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

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14 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  26​h
1
Brisbane
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Manchester

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Burleigh Heads Beach and Coolangatta Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Kirra Beach (in Coolangatta), Slideways - Go Karting Gold Coast (in Nerang) and Kings Beach (in Caloundra). Spend the 2nd (Sun) with some fine spirits on a distillery tour. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mooloolaba Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Kondalilla Falls, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and trek along Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, go to the Brisbane travel route website .

Manchester, UK to Brisbane is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Manchester to Brisbane. Traveling from Manchester in May, things will get a bit warmer in Brisbane: highs are around 27°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Mooloolaba, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Kings Beach, Kondalilla Falls
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Suncorp Stadium
Suncorp Stadium

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Balloon Rides and Muddy's Playground. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Daintree National Park (in Cape Tribulation) and Kuranda (Birdworld Kuranda, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, & more). Spend the 8th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, stop by Australian Leather Company, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns online itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Cairns takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in June, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Kuranda, Trinity Beach, Daintree National Park
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Balloon Rides

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