23 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

23 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

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23 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: Bristol
Fly:  25​h
1
Cairns
— 9 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Brisbane
— 10 nights
Fly + train:  28​h
End: Bristol

9
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.
Visiting Trinity Beach and Balloon Rides will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Agincourt Reef and Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness. Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Hartley's Crocodile Adventures), Port Douglas (Spas & Wellness & Horses in Port) and Daintree National Park (in Cape Tribulation). Spend the 5th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 9th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Michaelmas Cay, let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, identify plant and animal life at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, and take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns online trip itinerary planner .

Bristol, UK to Cairns is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Bristol to Cairns is 10 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Kuranda, Port Douglas, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Coolangatta Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. Visiting Mooloolaba Beach and Natural Bridge will get you outdoors. Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to Ilnam Winery (in Carool), Pelican Feeding (in Labrador) and Caloundra (MaisyMoo & Kings Beach). And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, admire all the interesting features of Tropical Fruit World, enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Climb, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kirra Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip planner .

Getting from Cairns to Brisbane by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in November, expect Brisbane to be little chillier, temps between 31°C and 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra, Maleny, Mooloolaba Beach, Tropical Fruit World
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

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