22 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

22 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

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22 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Paderborn
Fly:  31​h
1
Brisbane
— 8 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 9 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Paderborn

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach), Surfers Paradise (SkyPoint Observation Deck & Surfers Paradise Beach) and Oxenford (Warner Bros. Movie World & Wet 'n' Wild Water World). Pack the 17th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Dreamworld. There's still lots to do: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, take in the exciting artwork at Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, and kick back and relax at Moffat Beach.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Brisbane trip planner .

Paderborn, Germany to Brisbane is an approximately 31-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Paderborn to Brisbane. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Paderborn in December, with highs in Brisbane at 32°C and lows at 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Australia Zoo, Moffat Beach, Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

9
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, & more) and Port Douglas (Safaris, Four Mile Beach, & more). Spend the 18th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, make a trip to Green Island, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Cairns trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Brisbane to Cairns by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in December, you will find days in Cairns are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Cable Ski Cairns, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 27:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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