38 days in Perth & Queensland Itinerary

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Perth
— 12 nights
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Cairns
— 7 nights
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Brisbane
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Perth — 12 nights

City of Light

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Explore hidden gems such as Lotterywest Federation Walkway and Queens Gardens. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Perth: Sorrento Beach (in Sorrento), Fremantle (Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour & Little Creatures) and Yanchep Lagoon Beach (in Yanchep). And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Fraser Avenue Lookout, take an in-depth tour of WA Shipwrecks Museum, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and admire the natural beauty at Supreme Court Gardens.

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The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Perth. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Cairns.
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Cairns — 7 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and Off-Road Tours. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Kuranda (Barron Falls & Australian Butterfly Sanctuary), Yungaburra (The Afghanistan Avenue of Honour & Lake Barrine) and Herberton (Historic Village Herberton & Spy & Camera Museum). Spend the 3rd (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls, browse the eclectic array of goods at Rusty's Market, and enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cairns travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Perth to Cairns in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Perth to Cairns, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Perth in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Cairns, with lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can fly to Brisbane.
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Room Escape Games and Maroochydore Beach. Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to Kirra Beach (in Coolangatta), Surfers Paradise (Surfers Paradise Beach & Sling Shot Gold Coast) and Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford). Spend the 15th (Sun) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park. The adventure continues: walk around New Farm Park, snap pictures at Story Bridge, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, and take a leisurely stroll along Eagle Street Pier.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Brisbane trip planning site.

Getting from Cairns to Brisbane by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Cairns in January: highs in Brisbane hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to fly to Perth.
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Perth — 12 nights

City of Light

Explore hidden gems such as St. Mary's Cathedral and Point Peron. Venture out of the city with trips to Warnbro Beach (in Warnbro), Fremantle (Esplanade Park, South Beach Recreation Reserve, &more) and Mandurah (Eastern Foreshore Park, Dolphin Quay, &more). See some other sides of Perth: see the interesting displays at Scitech, see Off-Road Tours, enjoy the sand and surf at Yanchep Lagoon Beach, and stroll through Port Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Perth journey planner.

Fly from Brisbane to Perth in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Australian Western Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Brisbane in January, expect nights in Perth to be slightly colder, around 20°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 38°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Queensland travel guide

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Located in the northeast of Australia, Queensland boasts a rich history, efficient cities, picturesque coastline, and lush interior rainforest. Tourism in Queensland tends to revolve around the Sunshine State's countless beaches and coastal enclaves, which engender a laid-back, easygoing way of life. Named after Queen Victoria, the state was first settled by Europeans in the 17th century, but the area is believed to have served as home to the country's Aboriginal population as far back as 60,000 years.
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