9 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

9 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Brisbane
1
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  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.
Let the collections at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre and Gallery of Modern Art capture your imagination. Get some historical perspective at Chenrezig Institute and Sunshine Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to Surfers Paradise (Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise & Surfers Paradise Beach), Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage (in Buderim) and Anthea Polson Art (in Main Beach). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, see the interesting displays at Opal Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Nepalese Pagoda.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane tour itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Brisbane. In July, daytime highs in Brisbane are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Appreciate the collections at Daintree Discovery Centre and The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Safaris (in Port Douglas) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti). Spend the 13th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cairns online trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Brisbane to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 30°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

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

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