32 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

32 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

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32 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3 h 45 min
1
Brisbane
— 15 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  5 h 15 min
2
Cairns
— 16 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  6 h
End: Sydney

15
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brisbane: Pelican Feeding (in Labrador), Infinity Attraction (in Surfers Paradise) and Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach). And it doesn't end there: stroll around South Bank Parklands, have some family-friendly fun at SunJet Simulations, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip itinerary builder tool.

Sydney to Brisbane is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. May in Brisbane sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra, Maleny, Buderim, Caboolture
Find places to stay May 1 — 16:
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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

16
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Gordonvale (Mulgrave Settlers Museum & Walshs Pyramid), Port Douglas (Safaris, Port Douglas Golf Tours, &more) and Rex Lookout (in Wangetti). There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns online trip planner.

You can fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In May, Cairns is a bit warmer than Brisbane - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Gordonvale, Wangetti, Elizas Gallery
Find places to stay May 16 — Jun 1:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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