29 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

29 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

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29 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

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

11
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), Surfers Paradise (SkyPoint Observation Deck & Surfer's Paradise Beach) and Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford). Pack the 11th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Dreamworld. There's much more to do: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, get great views at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, contemplate the waterfront views at The Brisbane River, and take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip builder tool .

Dusseldorf, Germany to Brisbane is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Dusseldorf to Brisbane, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, Brisbane is slightly colder than Dusseldorf - with highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Maleny, Kondalilla Falls, Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, Australia Zoo
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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

13
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Cape Tribulation (Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness & Daintree National Park), Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Spas & Wellness, & more) and Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Four Mile Beach, & more). Spend the 15th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and don't miss a visit to Green Island.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cairns holiday maker site .

You can fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in July, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Mossman Gorge Centre, Trinity Beach, Cairns Kart Hire Track
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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