8 days in Brisbane & Tropical North Queensland Itinerary

8 days in Brisbane & Tropical North Queensland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Queensland visit planner

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Brisbane
— 5 nights
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Cairns
— 2 nights
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Brisbane

— 5 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.
You'll get in some beach time at Burleigh Heads Beach and Kings Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Coolangatta Beach and Kirra Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Kurrawa Beach (in Broadbeach), Caloundra Lighthouses (in Kings Beach) and Tamborine Mountain Distillery (in Tamborine Mountain). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Greenmount Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, kick back and relax at Bulcock Beach, and explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park.

Make your Brisbane itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Brisbane. In March, daytime highs in Brisbane are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Cairns

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): observe the fascinating underwater world at Cairns Aquarium, have fun at Muddy's Playground, and then step off the mainland to explore Michaelmas Cay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Barron Falls, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then see Off-Road Tours.

For more things to do and more tourist information, go to the Cairns day trip planner.

You can fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Brisbane in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Cairns, with lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trips