29 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

29 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

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29 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
foot + Fly:  24​h
1
Cairns
— 11 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 13 nights
Fly + foot:  28​h
End: Birmingham

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Trinity Beach and Daintree National Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Port Douglas (Spas & Wellness, St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, & more), The Afghanistan Avenue of Honour (in Yungaburra) and Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness (in Cape Tribulation). Spend the 10th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, identify plant and animal life at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, and enjoy the sand and surf at Thornton Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Cairns online travel planner .

Birmingham, UK to Cairns is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 10 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Birmingham in January; daily highs in Cairns reach 37°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kuranda, Port Douglas, Cape Tribulation, Walu Wugirriga Lookout, The Afghanistan Avenue of Honour
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kirra Beach and Kings Beach. Visit Coolangatta Beach and Burleigh Head National Park for some beach relaxation. Venture out of the city with trips to Slideways - Go Karting Gold Coast (in Nerang), James Overall Park (in Southport) and Mooloolaba Beach (in Mooloolaba). Spend the 28th (Tue) with some fine spirits on a distillery tour. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Maroochydore Beach, admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, and trek along Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Brisbane travel planner .

Getting from Cairns to Brisbane by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. While traveling from Cairns, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Brisbane, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra, Montville, Mooloolaba Beach, Maroochydore Beach
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

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