19 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

19 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

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19 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 9 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 6 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Amsterdam

9
nights
Cairns

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Atherton Tablelands. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Daintree National Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Kuranda (Australian Butterfly Sanctuary & Birdworld Kuranda), Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Port Douglas (Safaris, Spas, & more). Spend the 1st (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, and admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planner .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cairns is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 9 hours. Traveling from Amsterdam in July, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Kuranda, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Trinity Beach, Henry Ross Lookout
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 9:
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Josephine Falls ©
Josephine Falls
Scuba & Snorkeling
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

6
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mooloolaba Beach and Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. Escape the urban bustle at Burleigh Heads Beach and Coolangatta Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Buderim Forest Park (in Buderim), Store of Requirement (in Samford) and Slideways - Go Karting Gold Coast (in Nerang). Spend the 15th (Thu) with some fine spirits on a distillery tour. There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, get a sense of history and politics at City Hall, and see the interesting displays at Museum of Brisbane.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Brisbane takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In August, Brisbane is slightly colder than Cairns - with highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Mooloolaba, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Buderim Forest Park, Store of Requirement
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 16:
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Scuba & Snorkeling
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

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