22 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

22 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

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22 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 10 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 8 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Berlin

10
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Daintree National Park and Balloon Rides. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda), Port Douglas (Scuba & Snorkeling & Opal Reef) and Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness (in Cape Tribulation). Spend the 9th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: enjoy some diversion at Muddy's Playground, look for all kinds of wild species at Tablelands, Waterfalls, and Spanish Castle, experience rural life at Jaques Coffee Plantation, and stroll through Trinity Beach.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planner .

Berlin, Germany to Cairns is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Berlin to Cairns. July in Cairns sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Port Douglas, Tolga Woodworks Gallery & Cafe, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Artistree Gallery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Nature & Wildlife 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Burleigh Heads Beach and Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to Mooloolaba (Mooloolaba Beach & Scuba & Snorkeling), SkyPoint Climb (in Surfers Paradise) and Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah). Spend the 20th (Sat) with some fine spirits on a distillery tour. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach, view the masterpieces at Montville Art Gallery, take in the views from Story Bridge, and shop like a local with Queen Street Mall.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane trip builder site .

You can fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in July, expect Brisbane to be little chillier, temps between 24°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Montville Art Gallery, Coolangatta Beach
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

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