22 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

22 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

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22 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Friedrichshafen
Fly:  31​h
1
Brisbane
— 10 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Cairns
— 8 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Friedrichshafen


10
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.
Head to Opals Down Under and Kawana Shoppingworldfor some retail therapy. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Surfer's Paradise Beach and Mooloolaba Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage (in Buderim), Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza (in Maroochydore) and Tanawha Valley Golf & Tennis (in Tanawha). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, stroll through Kings Beach, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and look for gifts at MaisyMoo.

For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane holiday builder site .

Friedrichshafen, Germany to Brisbane is an approximately 31-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Friedrichshafen to Brisbane due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Friedrichshafen in August; daily highs in Brisbane reach 25°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra, Maleny, Montville, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Tanks Arts Centre and Funstuff by Lynda. Venture out of the city with trips to Port Douglas (Scuba & Snorkeling, Four Mile Beach, & more), Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Spas & Wellness) and Yungaburra Markets (in Yungaburra). There's still lots to do: browse the different shops at Smithfield Shopping Centre, enjoy the sand and surf at Yorkeys Knob Beach, hunt for treasures at Rusty's Market, and look for gifts at Cairns Central Shopping Centre.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Cairns takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in August, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 31°C and 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Trinity Beach, Tanks Arts Centre
Find places to stay Aug 17 — 25:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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