22 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

22 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

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22 days in Brisbane & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Brisbane
— 11 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 10 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Sydney

11
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museum of Brisbane and Cobb+Co Museum. Relax by the water at Mooloolaba Beach and Bulcock Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Caloundra (Caloundra Regional Art Gallery, Kings Beach, & more), Gardners Falls (in Maleny) and Mooloolaba (Point Cartwright, Scuba & Snorkeling, & more). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Marcoola Beach, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, see the interesting displays at Queensland Maritime Museum, and take in the exciting artwork at State Library Of Queensland.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip itinerary maker website .

Sydney to Brisbane is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. February in Brisbane sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Marcoola Beach, Mount Coolum, Maroochydore Beach
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 17:
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Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Marcoola Beach ©
Marcoola Beach

10
nights
Cairns

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 cultural itinerary includes sights like The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and Mulgrave Settlers Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Agincourt Reef and Atherton Tablelands. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Port Douglas (Fishing Charters & Tours, Opal Reef, & more), Kuranda (Australian Butterfly Sanctuary & Birdworld Kuranda) and Cathedral Fig Tree (in Yungaburra). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, see the interesting displays at Mareeba Heritage Museum and Visitor Information Centre, meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Cairns takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in February, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Cairns, with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Kuranda, Mareeba, Cathedral Fig Tree, Photography Tours
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 27:
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Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands

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