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
— 4 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.
You'll explore and learn at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre and Gallery of Modern Art. Chenrezig Institute and Sunshine Castle will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Anthea Polson Art (in Main Beach), Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage (in Buderim) and Surfers Paradise (Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise & Surfers Paradise Beach). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nepalese Pagoda, and examine the collection at Opal Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip itinerary maker app .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Brisbane. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Sunshine Castle, Chenrezig Institute, Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage
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Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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.
Visit Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll explore and learn at Daintree Discovery Centre and The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Safaris (in Port Douglas). Spend the 13th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. It doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary planning site .

Fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in July, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 20°C. On the 17th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Daintree Discovery Centre, Trinity Beach, Safaris
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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