10 days in Brisbane, Whitsunday Islands & Cairns Itinerary

10 days in Brisbane, Whitsunday Islands & Cairns Itinerary

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10 days in Brisbane, Whitsunday Islands & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly:  26​h
1
Brisbane
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h
2
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
Travel:  3​h
3
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  23​h 30​min
End: Brussels

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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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): stroll through Moffat Beach, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip builder website .

Brussels, Belgium to Brisbane is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Brussels to Brisbane, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Brussels in January; daily highs in Brisbane reach 34°C and lows reach 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Beaches

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
City Botanic Gardens ©
City Botanic Gardens

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nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 4th (Fri), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): play a few rounds at Hamilton Island Golf Club and then kick back and relax at Catseye Beach.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hamilton Island tour planner .

Getting from Brisbane to Hamilton Island by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club

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Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 6th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach and then explore the activities along Hill Inlet.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Whitsunday Island itinerary planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hamilton Island to Whitsunday Island. January in Whitsunday Island sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Trinity Beach and Agincourt Reef. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. It doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Tours.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary planning site .

You can fly from Whitsunday Island to Cairns in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Agincourt Reef, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
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Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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