13 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

13 days in Cairns & Brisbane Itinerary

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Cairns

— 6 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Billy Tea Safaris and Off-Road Tours. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Trinity Beach and Michaelmas Cay. Venture out of the city with trips to Port Douglas (Opal Reef & St Mary’s by The Sea chapel) and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda). There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, admire the masterpieces at Samurai Gallery Australia, don't miss a visit to Captain Cook Highway Rock Stacks, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

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Sydney to Cairns is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In November, Cairns is somewhat warmer than Sydney - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

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Brisbane

— 6 nights

Australia's New World City

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mooloolaba Beach and Kings Beach. Get in touch with nature at Boat Tours & Water Sports and Bulcock Beach. There's lots more to do: see the sky in a new way at Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, walk around Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park, take a leisurely stroll along Eagle Street Pier, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel).

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Traveling by flight from Cairns to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in November, expect Brisbane to be a bit cooler, temps between 31°C and 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

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