22 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

22 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

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22 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  25​h
1
Brisbane
— 10 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 8 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Kings Beach and Coolangatta Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Mooloolaba Beach and Bulcock Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Brisbane: Slideways - Go Karting Gold Coast (in Nerang), Hats By The Hundred (in Southport) and Bee Gees Way (in Redcliffe). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, stroll through Kurrawa Beach, explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, and admire the sheer force of Kondalilla Falls.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Brisbane tour itinerary planner .

London, UK to Brisbane is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Brisbane is 10 hours. Traveling from London in October, expect Brisbane to be somewhat warmer, temps between 29°C and 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast Brewery, Bee Gees Way, Maroochydore Beach
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 26:
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra 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.
We've included these beaches for you: Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Daintree National Park and St Mary’s by The Sea chapel. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Jaques Coffee Plantation (in Mareeba), Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda) and Spas & Wellness (in Palm Cove). Spend the 29th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, take in the exciting artwork at Tolga Woodworks Gallery & Cafe, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and get engrossed in the history at Historic Village Herberton.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cairns travel route app .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Cairns takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in October, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 24°C. On the 4th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Jaques Coffee Plantation, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Daintree National Park, St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, Tolga Woodworks Gallery & Cafe
Find places to stay Oct 26 — Nov 4:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton

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