19 days in Brisbane, Alice Springs & Cairns Itinerary

19 days in Brisbane, Alice Springs & Cairns Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia trip planner

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

19 days in Brisbane, Alice Springs & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Brisbane
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Alice Springs
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 8 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Auckland

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Burleigh Heads Beach and Coolangatta Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Brisbane: Marina Mirage (in Main Beach), Mooloolaba Beach (in Mooloolaba) and Slideways - Go Karting Gold Coast (in Nerang). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, examine the collection at Museum of Brisbane, and admire all the interesting features of Suncorp Stadium.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip itinerary planner .

Auckland, New Zealand to Brisbane is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Auckland to Brisbane due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in June: highs in Brisbane hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Moffat Beach, Mooloolaba Beach
Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 5:
Highlights from your plan
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

5
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Alice Springs Reptile Centre and Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre. Spend the 8th (Mon) exploring nature at Finke Gorge National Park. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, get great views at Anzac Hill, look for all kinds of wild species at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Alice Springs day trip planner.

You can fly from Brisbane to Alice Springs in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Brisbane in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 3°C in Alice Springs. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Trephina Gorge Nature Park
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre

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.
Popular historic sites such as Historic Village Herberton and St Monica's Cathedral are in your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Daintree National Park and Trinity Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Kuranda (Birdworld Kuranda & Australian Butterfly Sanctuary), Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Spas & Wellness (in Port Douglas). Spend the 11th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, and admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Cairns trip simple and quick.

Getting from Alice Springs to Cairns by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Alice Springs in July: highs in Cairns hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kuranda, Daintree National Park, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Historic Village Herberton, Artistree Gallery
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands

Similar Plans

22 days in Brisbane BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 20 days in Sydney & Cairns BY A USER FROM THAILAND November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 21 days in Australia BY A USER FROM KUWAIT August, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 23 days in Australia BY A USER FROM SWEDEN December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 23 days in Australia BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM December, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in Australia BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM April, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced 22 days in Australia BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM April, culture, outdoors, beaches, wildlife, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced 22 days in Brisbane BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 23 days in Cairns BY A USER FROM GERMANY September, culture, outdoors, beaches, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 22 days in Cairns BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA March, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, slow & easy, popular sights PREFERENCES: March, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Slow & easy 31 days in Brisbane BY A USER FROM GERMANY August, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans
Find a travel specialist
TRAVEL AGENT