60 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

60 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

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60 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  6​h
1
Cairns
— 29 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 29 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Sydney

29
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate St Monica's Cathedral and Historic Village Herberton. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Trinity Beach and Four Mile Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove), Port Douglas (Safaris, St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, & more) and Kuranda (Kuranda National Park, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, & more). Spend the 18th (Wed) exploring nature at Lake Eacham Crater Lakes National Park. Spend the 2nd (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Curtain Fig National Park, let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground, look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands, and admire the sheer force of Millaa Millaa Falls.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns route builder .

Sydney to Cairns is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in September, things will get a bit warmer in Cairns: highs are around 33°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Kuranda, Yungaburra, Millaa Millaa, Mareeba
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 30:
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Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Scuba & Snorkeling
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

29
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 discover tucked-away gems like Greenmount Beach and Buderim Forest Park. Visit Maroochydore Beach and Kings Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Caloundra Lighthouses (in Kings Beach), James Overall Park (in Southport) and Mooloolaba (Mooloolaba Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling, & more). Spend the 14th (Mon) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Spend the 7th (Mon) exploring nature at Springbrook National Park. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Boggo Road Gaol (Jail), take in the spiritual surroundings of Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Cairns to Brisbane by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in October, things will get slightly colder in Brisbane: highs are around 29°C and lows about 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Mooloolaba, Caloundra, Maleny, Tamborine Mountain
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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