28 days in Brisbane Region & Cairns Region Itinerary

28 days in Brisbane Region & Cairns Region Itinerary

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28 days in Brisbane Region & Cairns Region Itinerary

Start: Munich
Fly:  25​h
1
Brisbane
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Tamborine Mountain
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Bribie Island
— 4 nights
Travel:  3​h 15​min
4
Tangalooma, Moreton Island
— 1 night
Travel:  3​h 30​min
5
North Stradbroke Island
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Cairns
— 7 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Munich

6
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel) and Albert Street Uniting Church. Escape the urban bustle at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Kedron Brook Bikeway. Step out of Brisbane to go to Ipswich and see The Workshops Rail Museum, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Boggo Road Gaol (Jail), get a sense of history and politics at City Hall, let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Anglican Cathedral.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Brisbane journey planner .

Munich, Germany to Brisbane is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Munich to Brisbane. In September, Brisbane is somewhat warmer than Munich - with highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Tamborine Mountain.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

The Workshops Rail Museum
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail) ©
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail)

4
nights
Tamborine Mountain

Tamborine Mountain ©
Visiting Curtis Falls and Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk and Castle Glen Cellars. Venture out of the city with trips to Mountview Alpaca Farm (in Canungra) and Lamington National Park (O'Reillys Birds of Prey & Lamington National Park).

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tamborine Mountain trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Tamborine Mountain takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in September, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Bribie Island.

Things to do in Tamborine Mountain

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lamington National Park, Canungra, Beenleigh Artisan Distillery
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Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens ©
Lamington National Park ©
Lamington National Park
Tamborine Mountain Distillery ©
Tamborine Mountain Distillery

4
nights
Bribie Island

Bribie Island ©
Visit Woorim Beach and Banksia Beach for some beach relaxation. Do some cultural sightseeing at Bribie Island Seaside Museum and Bribie Island Community Arts Centre. Explore Bribie Island's surroundings by going to Caboolture (Caboolture Historical Village & Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology).

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Bribie Island vacation maker site .

Getting from Tamborine Mountain to Bribie Island by car takes about 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Tangalooma.

Things to do in Bribie Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Caboolture
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Bribie Island Butterfly House ©
Bribie Island Butterfly House
Caboolture Historical Village ©
Caboolture Historical Village
Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology ©

1
night
Tangalooma, Moreton Island

Tangalooma ©
Originally a whaling station, Tangalooma Island Resort (formerly known as Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort) is a resort on the west side of Moreton Island in Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Tangalooma Wrecks and then head off the coast to Moreton Island.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tangalooma itinerary builder tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Bribie Island to Tangalooma. In September, daytime highs in Tangalooma are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to North Stradbroke Island.

Things to do in Tangalooma

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Moreton Island
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Moreton Island ©
Moreton Island
Tangalooma Wrecks ©
Tangalooma Wrecks

3
nights
North Stradbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like North Gorge Walk and Naree Budjong Djara National Park. Step out of the city life by going to Amity Point Beach and Myora Springs Conservation Area.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read North Stradbroke Island trip itinerary planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tangalooma to North Stradbroke Island. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in North Stradbroke Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Brown Lake ©
Brown Lake
Frenchman's Beach ©
Frenchman's Beach
Dunwich Cemetery ©
Dunwich Cemetery

7
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.
Get some cultural insight at St Monica's Cathedral and Cairns Art Gallery. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Josephine Falls and Crystal Cascades. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Palm Cove Beach, & more). Spend the 29th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 27th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Michaelmas Cay, kick back and relax at Yorkeys Knob Beach, brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, and trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip builder .

Explore your travel options from North Stradbroke Island to Cairns with the Route module. In September, Cairns is a bit warmer than North Stradbroke Island - with highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Crystal Cascades
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands

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