8 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

8 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

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8 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  21​h 45​min
2
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Singapore

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Trinity Beach and Atherton Tablelands. Get in touch with nature at Michaelmas Cay and Yorkeys Knob Beach. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Historic Village Herberton (in Herberton) and Kayaking & Canoeing (in Palm Cove). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Cairns is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Traveling from Singapore to Cairns, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Cairns, with lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Yorkeys Knob Beach, Historic Village Herberton, Trinity Beach
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Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay

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.
On the 7th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach, step off the mainland to explore St Helena Island National Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at King Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): take a stroll through Queen Street Mall and then enjoy the sand and surf at Dicky Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane road trip planning tool .

You can fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In November, Brisbane is slightly colder than Cairns - with highs of 31°C and lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, King Island
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St Helena Island National Park
St Helena Island National Park
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach

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