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

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

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

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore and take pictures at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and then identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands.

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

Vancouver, Canada to Cairns is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 18 hours traveling from Vancouver to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Vancouver in October; daily highs in Cairns reach 34°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
nights
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): make a trip to Field of Light, get great views at Uluru, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, then hike along Kuniya Walk, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, and finally trek along Uluru Hiking Path. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, then browse the exhibits of Walkatjara Art, and finally get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip planning tool .

Getting from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Cairns in October, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be a bit cooler, around 18°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 38°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

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 7th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then examine the collection at Museum of Brisbane, and then let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane road trip planning site .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Brisbane by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in October, expect nights in Brisbane to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Museums
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Museum of Brisbane ©
Museum of Brisbane
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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