25 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

25 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

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25 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 12 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 11 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

12
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Historic Village Herberton and Spas. For shopping fun, head to Sunday Market Port Douglas or Ngarru Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Jaques Coffee Plantation (in Mareeba), Port Douglas (Horses in Port, Opal Reef, & more) and Kuranda (Australian Butterfly Sanctuary & Barron Falls). Spend the 3rd (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 12th (Wed) exploring nature at Lake Eacham Crater Lakes National Park. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands, admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cairns sightseeing planner .

Melbourne to Cairns is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in June, things will get warmer in Cairns: highs are around 30°C and lows about 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Kuranda, Yungaburra, Daintree National Park, Lake Eacham Crater Lakes National Park
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Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

11
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 discover tucked-away gems like Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre and Eat Street Northshore. Your inner history buff will appreciate Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel) and St. John's Anglican Cathedral. Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to Broadbeach (Rotary Carousel Broadbeach, Niecon Plaza, & more), Coolangatta (Kirra Beach, Saint Augustine's Catholic Church, & more) and Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, make a trip to Boggo Road Gaol (Jail), and get a sense of history and politics at City Hall.

To find where to stay and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane planning app .

You can fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cairns in June; daily highs in Brisbane reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Mooloolaba Beach, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Wirreanda Park, Caloundra Lighthouses
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Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre ©
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

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