22 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

22 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

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22 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: Dusseldorf
train + Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 10 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 8 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Dusseldorf

10
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 Photography Tours and Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shark Diving and Trinity Beach. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Curtain Fig National Park (in Yungaburra), Palm Cove (Kayaking & Canoeing & Spas & Wellness) and Jaques Coffee Plantation (in Mareeba). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands, admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls, head off the coast to Michaelmas Cay, and have fun at Muddy's Playground.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary planning app .

Dusseldorf, Germany to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dusseldorf to Cairns is 9 hours. In August, Cairns is a bit warmer than Dusseldorf - with highs of 31°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Kuranda, Trinity Beach, Crystal Cascades, Photography Tours, Curtain Fig National Park
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Josephine Falls ©
Josephine Falls
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Photography Tours

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Burleigh Head National Park and Coolangatta Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Mooloolaba Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Brisbane: Cougal Cascades (in Currumbin), Maleny (Maleny Dairies & Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve) and Putt Putt Mermaid Beach (in Mermaid Beach). On the 22nd (Thu), enjoy an adventurous day among the treetops at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. There's much more to do: stroll through Kings Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, admire the sheer force of Buderim Forest Park, and get your game on at Slideways - Go Karting Gold Coast.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip itinerary tool .

You can fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Cairns in August: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 25°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Maleny, Mooloolaba, Maroochydore Beach, Buderim Forest Park
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 23:
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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