28 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

28 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

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28 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: Dusseldorf
train + Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 11 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 13 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Dusseldorf

11
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 Cairns' surroundings by going to Cape Tribulation (Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness & Daintree National Park), Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Palm Cove Beach, & more) and Port Douglas (Safaris, Horses in Port, & more). Spend the 14th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, get interesting insight from Tours, and have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns vacation planner.

Dusseldorf, Germany to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight. Traveling from Dusseldorf to Cairns, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dusseldorf in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 20°C in Cairns. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Cape Tribulation, Macalister Brewing Company
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford), Surfers Paradise (SkyPoint Observation Deck, Infinity Attraction, & more) and Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach). Pack the 30th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Dreamworld. Spend the 4th (Sun) exploring nature at Kondalilla National Park. There's still lots to do: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Conondale National Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Brisbane takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Cairns in July: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 24°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Surfers Paradise, Caloundra, Burleigh Heads, Tanawha Valley Golf & Tennis, Conondale National Park
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World ©
Warner Bros. Movie World

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