18 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

18 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

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18 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 8 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Brisbane
— 7 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Berlin

8
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 find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach) and Port Douglas (Safaris, Four Mile Beach, & more). Spend the 28th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, stroll through Trinity Beach, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground.

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Berlin, Germany to Cairns is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Berlin to Cairns is 9 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Cairns Kart Hire Track, Trinity Beach, Yorkeys Knob Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

7
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Surfer's Paradise Beach (in Surfers Paradise), Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach) and Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford). Pack the 12th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Dreamworld. There's lots more to do: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, enjoy the sand and surf at Kings Beach, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane day trip app .

You can fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Cairns in December: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 32°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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