26 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

26 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

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26 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

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

22
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 find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach), Oxenford (Wet 'n' Wild Water World & Warner Bros. Movie World) and Surfers Paradise (Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise, Surfer's Paradise Beach, & more). Pack the 13th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Dreamworld. There's lots more to do: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, explore the activities along The Brisbane River, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Brisbane day trip planner.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airports are Brisbane International Airport and Gold Coast Airport. February in Brisbane sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra, Maleny, Mooloolaba, Watersports Guru
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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

2
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.
On the 2nd (Sat), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns online visit planner .

You can fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Cairns when traveling from Brisbane in March, with lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Safaris
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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