23 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

23 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

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23 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

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

12
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Port Douglas (Safaris, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more), Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Spas, & more) and Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness (in Cape Tribulation). Spend the 7th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 11th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, make a splash at Cairns Wake park, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns road trip tool .

Dusseldorf, Germany to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 9 hour difference. While traveling from Dusseldorf, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Port Douglas, Henry Ross Lookout, Rex Lookout, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

7
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 Surfers Paradise (SkyPoint Observation Deck & Surfers Paradise Beach), Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford) and Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach). There's much more to do: stroll around South Bank Parklands, enjoy some diversion at Kidspace, explore and take pictures at Suncorp Stadium, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane itinerary maker 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. Traveling from Cairns in May, things will get little chillier in Brisbane: highs are around 27°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Theme Parks

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra
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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

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