9 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

9 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

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9 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

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

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Shorncliffe Beach. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and take a leisurely stroll along Eagle Street Pier.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip builder app .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airports are Brisbane International Airport and Gold Coast Airport. December in Brisbane sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. On the 12th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Eagle Street Pier ©
Eagle Street Pier

5
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cathedral Fig Tree and Babinda Boulders. Step out of the city life by going to Opal Reef and Photography Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre (in Atherton), Historic Village Herberton (in Herberton) and Port Douglas (Flagstaff Hill Lookout, St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, & more). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands, admire the striking features of Freshwater Station, don't miss a visit to The Afghanistan Avenue of Honour, and learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cairns trip app .

You can fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in December, you will find days in Cairns are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Yungaburra, Photography Tours, Yorkeys Knob Beach, The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre
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Babinda Boulders ©
Babinda Boulders
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands
Photography Tours

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