Travel Brisbane to Cairns

Brisbane to Cairns 10 days

One of the most popular roadtrips in Australia, drive along the beautiful east coast from Brisbane to Cairns. See the beaches, nature and wildlife of northern Queensland and enjoy the tropical weather. Pick up your Cheapa Campa in Brisbane where your amazing journey will begin. Visit Noosa National Park, spot dolphins at Dolphin Point, drive further up north to Hervey Bay for great water shows provided by the magnificent whales and dolphins and even get the chance to feed them. For thrill seekers there are adventure activities and for laid back types more relaxing trips. In Mackay there's plenty to do for everyone, so take a break in this beautiful coastal town before you continue your self drive holiday. Up North travel to Townsville where you can spend some time in the Billabong Sanctuary with more than 100 species of Australian animals. End your holiday in Cairns, a gateway to the most magical underwater world, The Great Barrier Reef. Spend your time underwater and discover fish and coral all colours of the rainbow. There is no better way to end you holiday than this!

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Day 1: Brisbane
Day 2: Brisbane - Noosaville
Day 3: Noosaville - Hervey Bay
Day 4: Hervey Bay
Day 5: Hervey Bay - Gladstone
Day 6: Gladstone to MacKay
Day 7: MacKay - Townsville
Day 8: Townsville
Day 9: Townsville - Mission Beach
Day 10: Mission Beach - Cairns


Location: WA; Monkey Mia;| Photographer: Anson Smart | Copyright: Tourism Australia Copyright

Itinerary: Day 4

Wild Dolphin Feeding Cruise

Have you ever wanted to feed a Dolphin? Now is your chance with a cruise from Carlo Point, Rainbow Beach. You'll cruise across the water to Tin Can Bay where you can hand feed the dolphins.

Location: Sydney | Photographer: Camille Nuttall | Copyright: Tourism Australia

Itinerary: Day 8

Billabong Sanctuary

Spend the day in a wildlife park where you can see over 100 different animals and get involved by holding a koala or crocodile, hugging wombats or having a python wrapped around your shoulders. And if relaxing is more your style, have a barbecue on the sanctuary barbeque facilities.

Location: Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park | Photographer: Amber Toms | Copyright: Tourism Queensland

Itinerary: Day 10

Flames of the Forest Aboriginal Culture Experience

Get to know the Aboriginal Culture from two local indigenous brothers and see a special Aboriginal performance in the beautiful authentic rainforest setting. It will be an evening you will never forget.


Queensland, Australia

See what you can expect on your road trip from Brisbane to Cairns. Be stunned by the only place on earth with two heritage listed natural wonders and bask in the beauty of Queensland with all its beaches and islands.

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