15 days in Cairns & Sunshine Coast Itinerary

15 days in Cairns & Sunshine Coast Itinerary

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Cairns
— 5 nights
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Noosa
— 5 nights
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Maleny
— 4 nights
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Cairns

— 5 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti), Port Douglas (Scuba & Snorkeling, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, &more) and Kuranda (Australian Butterfly Sanctuary & Honey House). Spend the 27th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Palm Cove Beach, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and don't miss a visit to Captain Cook Highway Rock Stacks.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip builder app.

Brisbane to Cairns is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. January in Cairns sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Noosa.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 23 — 28:

Noosa

— 5 nights
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Noosa: Maroochydore Beach (in Maroochydore), Mooloolaba (SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more) and Seaview Art Gallery (in Caloundra). Spend the 1st (Tue) exploring nature at Noosa National Park. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Noosa Main Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, make a splash at BLAST Aqua Park Coolum, and explore the activities along Noosa River.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Noosa trip app.

You can fly from Cairns to Noosa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Maleny.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 2:

Maleny

— 4 nights
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
Maleny is known for parks, trails, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, experience rural life at Maleny Dairies, and take in the dramatic scenery at Kondalilla Falls.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Maleny online travel planner.

Getting from Noosa to Maleny by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in February, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Maleny

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 2 — 6:

Sunshine Coast travel guide

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Beaches · Zoos · Gardens
Beaches, sun-drenched streets, and a relaxed ambience are the defining elements of Sunshine Coast, a region just north of Brisbane. Having grown rapidly in the 1960s and 1970s, Sunshine Coast became a popular destination for surfers in particular and has now grown into a well-managed city focused on "green" economic development.