7 days in Brisbane, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park & Cairns Itinerary

7 days in Brisbane, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park & Cairns Itinerary

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7 days in Brisbane, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Vancouver

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): stroll around Queens Park, examine the collection at The Workshops Rail Museum, then explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Kedron Brook Bikeway. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John's Anglican Cathedral, go for a walk through New Farm River Walk, examine the collection at Queensland Maritime Museum, contemplate the long history of Boggo Road Gaol (Jail), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel), and finally examine the collection at Museum of Brisbane.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Brisbane trip planner .

Vancouver, Canada to Brisbane is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 18 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Vancouver in October; daily highs in Brisbane reach 29°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Ipswich
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Museum of Brisbane ©
Museum of Brisbane
The Workshops Rail Museum ©
The Workshops Rail Museum

1
night
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta, don't miss a visit to Uluru, trek along Kuniya Walk, then view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, and finally get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park tour site .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Brisbane in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
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Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru ©
Uluru
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©

2
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.
On the 6th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Birdworld Kuranda, look for all kinds of wild species at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, then brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, and finally admire the sheer force of Crystal Cascades. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Josephine Falls, explore the striking landscape at Babinda Boulders, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip planner.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in October, you will find days in Cairns are little chillier (34°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (24°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kuranda, Babinda Boulders, Trinity Beach, Crystal Cascades
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Shark Diving
Birdworld Kuranda ©
Birdworld Kuranda

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