35 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

35 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

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35 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
1
Brisbane
— 31 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Brisbane

31
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Natural Bridge and Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. Venture out of the city with trips to Mooloolaba (Scuba & Snorkeling, HMAS Brisbane, & more), Caloundra (Kings Beach, Bulcock Beach, & more) and Main Beach (Sea World Theme Park, Marina Mirage, & more). On the 20th (Wed), enjoy an adventurous day among the treetops at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Spend the 5th (Fri) with some fine spirits on a distillery tour. Next up on the itinerary: have some family-friendly fun at South Bank Parklands, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, kick back and relax at Surfer's Paradise Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroochydore Beach.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip planner.

If you are flying in from Iceland, the closest major airports are Brisbane International Airport and Gold Coast Airport. March in Brisbane sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Mooloolaba, Caloundra, Maleny, Buderim
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Suncorp Stadium
Suncorp Stadium

2
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.
On the 12th (Fri), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel and then head off the coast to Michaelmas Cay.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip site .

Getting from Brisbane to Cairns by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Brisbane in April, with highs in Cairns at 34°C and lows at 26°C. On the 14th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, Babinda Boulders
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Scuba & Snorkeling
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel ©
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel
Babinda Boulders ©
Babinda Boulders

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