37 days in Brisbane, Byron Bay & Cairns Itinerary

37 days in Brisbane, Byron Bay & Cairns Itinerary

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37 days in Brisbane, Byron Bay & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  25​h
1
Brisbane
— 11 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Byron Bay
— 12 nights
Drive:  23​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 10 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Tel Aviv


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 get in some beach time at Kings Beach and Mooloolaba Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage (in Buderim), Montville (Montville Art Gallery, Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith, & more) and Caloundra Lighthouses (in Kings Beach). On the 18th (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Main Range National Park. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museum of Brisbane, explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and admire all the interesting features of Suncorp Stadium.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane travel route planner .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Brisbane is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Tel Aviv in January: highs in Brisbane hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Montville, Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Maleny, Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage
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Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

12
nights
Byron Bay

Byron Bay ©
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Step off the beaten path and head to Coolangatta Beach and Lennox Head Beach. Get some cultural insight at Thomgallery and Hammer and Hand Byron Bay Jewellery and Metal Collective. Venture out of the city with trips to Tugun Beach (in Tugun), Coolangatta (Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse & Greenmount Beach) and Yamba (Pippi Beach, Turners Beach, & more). Spend the 27th (Sun) exploring nature at Arakwal National Park. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, stroll through Broken Head Beach, brush up on your military savvy at Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

Before you visit Byron Bay, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Brisbane to Byron Bay in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Brisbane in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Byron Bay, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Lennox Head, Yamba, Broken Head, Ballina
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Pippi Beach ©
Pippi Beach

10
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Atherton Tablelands. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Michaelmas Cay. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Jaques Coffee Plantation (in Mareeba), Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Kuranda (Birdworld Kuranda & Australian Butterfly Sanctuary). Spend the 9th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls, and brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum.

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Do a combination of bus and flight from Byron Bay to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Byron Bay in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 28°C in Cairns. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Kuranda, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Jaques Coffee Plantation
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Opal Reef ©
Opal Reef

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