14 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

14 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

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14 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  5​h
1
Cairns
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Brisbane
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Sydney


7
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness (in Cape Tribulation), Port Douglas (Safaris, Four Mile Beach, & more) and Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 5th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, get interesting insight from Tours, kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cairns trip planning website .

Sydney to Cairns is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in November, with highs in Cairns at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

6
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Brisbane: Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford), Surfers Paradise (Surfer's Paradise Beach & SkyPoint Observation Deck) and Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach). And it doesn't end there: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and get great views at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Cairns in November: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 31°C and lows are around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Moffat Beach
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

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