16 days in Brisbane, Townsville & Cairns Itinerary

16 days in Brisbane, Townsville & Cairns Itinerary

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16 days in Brisbane, Townsville & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
1
Brisbane
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Townsville
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Brisbane

5
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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Sea World Theme Park and Moffat Beach. Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to Pelican Feeding (in Labrador), Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford) and Surfers Paradise (Infinity Attraction & Surfers Paradise Beach). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, find something for the whole family at Dreamworld, have some family-friendly fun at 9D Action Cinemas, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, use the Brisbane trip itinerary maker tool .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Brisbane. In December, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Moffat Beach
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World

4
nights
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Townsville is known for beaches, wildlife, nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, delve into the lush surroundings at Gondwana Rainforest, explore the galleries of Museum of Tropical Queensland, and don't miss a visit to Jezzine Barracks.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Townsville trip planning website .

Getting from Brisbane to Townsville by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in December, expect Townsville to be somewhat warmer, temps between 37°C and 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Queensland
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Scuba & Snorkeling
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Muddy's Playground and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Annie's at the Beach) and Port Douglas (Four Mile Beach & Safaris). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, get your game on at Laserfun, and make a splash at Cairns Wake park.

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Traveling by flight from Townsville to Cairns takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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