22 days in Toowoomba & Cairns Itinerary

22 days in Toowoomba & Cairns Itinerary

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22 days in Toowoomba & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Bus:  1 h 45 min
1
Toowoomba
— 7 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  6 h 45 min
2
Cairns
— 14 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  5 h 15 min
End: Brisbane

7
nights
Toowoomba

Toowoomba ©
Toowoomba is a city in the Darling Downs region in the Australian state of Queensland. Venture out of the city with trips to Grandchester (Grandchester Railway Station & Hidden Vale Adventure Park), Fordsdale horseback Adventures (in Gatton) and Ipswich (Ipswich Historical Society Inc & RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Japanese Gardens USQ QLD, admire the sheer force of Queen Mary Falls, pause for some serene contemplation at Humeridge Church, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Toowoomba trip itinerary planner.

Brisbane to Toowoomba is an approximately 2-hour bus ride. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Brisbane in April, Toowoomba is little chillier at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Toowoomba

Museums Parks Trails

Side Trips

Ipswich, Killarney, Somerset, Laidley Pioneer Village and Museum, Spring Bluff
Highlights from your plan
Cobb+Co Museum ©
Cobb+Co Museum
Japanese Gardens USQ QLD ©
Japanese Gardens USQ QLD
Queens Park Botanic Gardens ©
Queens Park Botanic Gardens

14
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Mulgrave Settlers Museum (in Gordonvale), Mossman (Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery & Mossman Saturday Market) and Port Douglas (Safaris, Horses in Port, &more). There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach, and look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip builder site.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Toowoomba to Cairns in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Toowoomba, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Mossman, Mossman Gorge Centre, Sugarworld Waterpark
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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