15 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

15 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

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15 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly:  5​h
1
Brisbane
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 7 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Adelaide

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Surfers Paradise Beach and Kings Beach. Visiting Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Tanawha Valley Golf & Tennis will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Pelican Feeding (in Labrador), Slideways - Go Karting Gold Coast (in Nerang) and Mooloolaba Beach (in Mooloolaba). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, let the kids burn off some steam at Downfall Creek Bushland Centre, and explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Brisbane day trip planning site .

Adelaide to Brisbane is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Adelaide in August, you will find days in Brisbane are somewhat warmer (25°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra, Mooloolaba Beach, 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

7
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Four Mile Beach and Safaris. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Thornton Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Daintree Discovery Centre (in Cow Bay), Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Spas) and Rex Lookout (in Wangetti). Spend the 16th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 22nd (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cairns tour itinerary app .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Cairns takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In August, Cairns is somewhat warmer than Brisbane - with highs of 31°C and lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Daintree Discovery Centre, Rex Lookout
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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