18 days in Cairns, Brisbane & Sunshine Coast Itinerary

18 days in Cairns, Brisbane & Sunshine Coast Itinerary

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18 days in Cairns, Brisbane & Sunshine Coast Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Beerwah
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Noosa
— 4 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  30​h
End: Berlin

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Here are some ideas for day two: have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool and then relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

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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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Berlin to Cairns. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then have fun at South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane trip builder website .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in December, things will get a bit cooler in Brisbane: highs are around 32°C and lows about 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Beerwah.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife
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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

6
nights
Beerwah

Beerwah ©
Beerwah is a rural town and a locality in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia. Venture out of the city with trips to Caloundra Lighthouses (in Kings Beach), Sunshine Coast Brewery (in Kunda Park) and Kings Beach (in Caloundra). Pack the 18th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Aussie World. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Australia Zoo, cool off at Sea Life Sunshine Coast, and experience rural life at Maleny Dairies.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Beerwah vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Beerwah takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Beerwah sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Beerwah

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Maleny, Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Buderim, Aussie World
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World ©

4
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Venture out of the city with trips to Coolum Beach (Lows Lookout & Mount Coolum) and The Ginger Factory (in Yandina). There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park, explore the activities along Noosa River, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and stroll through Noosa Main Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Noosa road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Beerwah to Noosa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Coolum Beach, Discover Eumundi Heritage & Visitor Centre, The Ginger Factory
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Noosa River ©
Noosa River

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