27 days in Brisbane, Townsville & Cairns Itinerary

27 days in Brisbane, Townsville & Cairns Itinerary

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27 days in Brisbane, Townsville & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  26​h
1
Brisbane
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Townsville
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 9 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Zurich

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.
Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach), Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford) and Dreamworld (in Coomera). There's still lots to do: get your game on at South Bank Parklands, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Australia Zoo.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane vacation planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Brisbane is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Zurich to Brisbane, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Zurich in July: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 24°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Mooloolaba, Australia Zoo, Buderim Lions Park
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

7
nights
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Go for a jaunt from Townsville to Alligator Creek to see Alligator Falls Track about 38 minutes away. Spend the 18th (Thu) exploring nature at Bowling Green Bay National Park. There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, identify plant and animal life at Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand, and step off the mainland to explore Museum of Tropical Queensland.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Townsville trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Townsville takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in July; daily highs in Townsville reach 29°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Alligator Creek, Queensland, Copperfield Gorge
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Scuba & Snorkeling
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Port Douglas (Safaris, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more), Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach) and Daintree National Park (in Cape Tribulation). Spend the 21st (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 27th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns online trip itinerary builder .

Fly from Townsville to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Daintree National Park
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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