29 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

29 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

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29 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 13 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 12 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: London

13
nights
Cairns

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 Historic Village Herberton and Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness. Get in touch with nature at Trinity Beach and Daintree National Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Full Circle Studio and Gallery (in Yungaburra), Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay) and Spy & Camera Museum (in Herberton). Spend the 7th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 16th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, admire the sheer force of Barron Falls, identify plant and animal life at Michaelmas Cay, and relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns holiday app .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from London in February, with highs in Cairns at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Kuranda, Herberton, Palm Cove, Port Douglas
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Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

12
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 some historical perspective at Fingal Head Lighthouse and Caloundra Lighthouses. Escape the urban bustle at Kirra Beach and Coolangatta Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brisbane: Murwillumbah (Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre & The Grainery), Mooloolaba (Mooloolaba Beach & Scuba & Snorkeling) and Caloundra (Kings Beach & Bulcock Beach). Spend the 25th (Mon) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. Spend the 19th (Tue) with some fine spirits on a distillery tour. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and stroll through Maroochydore Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip builder tool .

Getting from Cairns to Brisbane by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cairns in February; daily highs in Brisbane reach 33°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra, Maleny, Murwillumbah, Mooloolaba
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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