16 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

16 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

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16 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Cork
Fly:  30​h
1
Brisbane
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Cork

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Coolangatta Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mooloolaba Beach and Kings Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brisbane: Pelican Feeding (in Labrador), SkyPoint Climb (in Surfers Paradise) and Tropical Fruit World (in Duranbah). Spend the 22nd (Sat) with some fine spirits on a distillery tour. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, explore the activities along The Brisbane River, and ponder the world of politics at City Hall.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip itinerary tool .

Cork, Ireland to Brisbane is an approximately 30-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Cork to Brisbane due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cork in June, you will find days in Brisbane are a bit warmer (24°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Mooloolaba Beach, Kings Beach, Tropical Fruit World
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

6
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Trinity Beach and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Escape the urban bustle at Agincourt Reef and Daintree National Park. Step out of Cairns to go to Palm Cove and see Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, which is approximately 44 minutes away. Spend the 26th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 24th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. It doesn't end there: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour and choose your vessel at Shaolin Junk Cruises.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Cairns takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 30°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Trinity Beach, Daintree National Park
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

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