8 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

8 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

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8 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Sydney

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Chenrezig Institute and Queensland Museum & Sciencentre. Your inner history buff will appreciate Wolston Farmhouse and Victoria Bridge Abutment. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage (in Buderim) and Art on Cairncross (in Maleny). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, and let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands.

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Sydney to Brisbane is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Museums, #Fun & Games

Side Trips

Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, Art on Cairncross, Chenrezig Institute, Wolston Farmhouse
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Chenrezig Institute ©
Chenrezig Institute

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Historic Village Herberton and St Monica's Cathedral. Escape the urban bustle at Safaris and Palm Cove Beach. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Palm Cove, about 44 minutes away. Spend the 17th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones.

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Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Cairns takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Brisbane in July, with highs in Cairns at 30°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Safaris, Historic Village Herberton
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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