15 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

15 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

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15 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: Memphis
Fly:  29​h
1
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 6 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Memphis


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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Michaelmas Cay and Trinity Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Atherton Tablelands and Daintree National Park. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Spas & Wellness (in Port Douglas), Historic Village Herberton (in Herberton) and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda). Spend the 13th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, stop by Australian Leather Company, tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, and view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cairns online day trip planner .

Memphis, USA to Cairns is an approximately 29-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 16 hours traveling from Memphis to Cairns. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Memphis in May since evenings lows in Cairns dip to 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Daintree National Park, Trinity Beach, Spas & Wellness, Historic Village Herberton, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Find places to stay May 13 — 18:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kirra Beach and Kings Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Coolangatta Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Surfers Paradise Golf Club (in Clear Island Waters), Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah) and SkyPoint Climb (in Surfers Paradise). Spend the 24th (Fri) with some fine spirits on a distillery tour. And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, head outdoors with Pelican Feeding, ponder the world of politics at City Hall, and take in the waterfront at Eagle Street Pier.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane trip website .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Brisbane takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in May, expect Brisbane to be little chillier, temps between 74°F and 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Find places to stay May 18 — 25:
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Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach

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