17 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

17 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

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17 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  8​h
1
Brisbane
— 8 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Cairns
— 7 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Perth

8
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.
Get in touch with nature at Surfer's Paradise Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Chenrezig Institute and Fingal Head Lighthouse. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brisbane: Maleny (Maleny Mountain Wines & Art on Cairncross), Caloundra (Caloundra Regional Art Gallery & Kings Beach) and Mooloolaba Beach (in Mooloolaba). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach, let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, and stroll through Maroochydore Beach.

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Perth to Brisbane is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Perth in September, with highs in Brisbane at 28°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Gold Coast, Maleny, Maroochydore Beach, Fingal Head Lighthouse
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 14:
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise 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.
Get in touch with nature at Palm Cove Beach and Daintree Discovery Centre. Relax by the water at Four Mile Beach and Trinity Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Safaris (in Port Douglas), Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Historic Village Herberton (in Herberton). Spend the 15th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones.

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Getting from Brisbane to Cairns by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in September, things will get a bit warmer in Cairns: highs are around 33°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Port Douglas, Mossman, Daintree Discovery Centre, Cairns Kart Hire Track
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 21:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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