25 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

25 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

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25 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
1
Brisbane
— 10 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 14 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Brisbane

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.
Bring the kids along to Sea World Theme Park and Dreamworld. Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Southport (GC Aqua Park & Holoverse), Pelican Feeding (in Labrador) and Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, and enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Brisbane day trip site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Brisbane. In December in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra, Bli Bli, Thrill Hill Waterslide, Mooloolaba Beach
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World

14
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.
Family-friendly places like Muddy's Playground and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach), Daintree Entomological museum (in Diwan) and Port Douglas (Four Mile Beach, Safaris, & more). There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, observe the fascinating underwater world at Cairns Aquarium, and enjoy the sand and surf at Nudey Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cairns attractions site .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Cairns takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. While traveling from Brisbane, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Cape Tribulation, Cow Bay, Wonga Beach
Find places to stay Dec 20 — Jan 3:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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