28 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

28 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

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28 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 12 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Brisbane
— 13 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Berlin

12
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Daintree National Park. Bring the kids along to Trinity Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Venture out of the city with trips to Port Douglas (Spas & Wellness, Agincourt Reef, & more), Kuranda (Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Birdworld Kuranda, & more) and Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 30th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground, relax in the rural setting at Jaques Coffee Plantation, identify plant and animal life at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip builder website .

Berlin, Germany to Cairns is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Berlin to Cairns due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Kuranda, Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Cairns Kart Hire Track
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

13
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Coolangatta Beach and Mooloolaba Beach. Kids will enjoy Burleigh Heads Beach and Maroochydore Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Brisbane: Putt Putt Mermaid Beach (in Mermaid Beach), Bee Gees Way (in Redcliffe) and Kurrawa Beach (in Broadbeach). There's much more to do: stroll through Kings Beach, let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, and experience rural life at Tropical Fruit World.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Brisbane driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cairns in July, with highs in Brisbane at 24°C and lows at 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Maleny, Tropical Fruit World
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Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

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