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Brisbane & Cairns

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Brisbane & Cairns

Hello all!

I'm planning a 7 day trip to Brisbane in late August. I have absolutely no idea what to see. I actually wanted to do Cairns & Great Barrier Reef but there's no direct flight from Singapore, so I was thinking of flying to Brisbane instead, spend a few days there, maybe take an internal flight to Cairns and spend 2 days (or 3). I would really like to do some diving at the Reef and get on a hot air balloon if that's possible.

I will be travelling with my mum who's in her mid-50s. So I'm trying to find some activities which not to taxing yet interesting. Someone recommended Grayline Tours. Any views? Also keeping my options open to rent a car.

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1. Re: Brisbane & Cairns

Hi loveecandy,

You may find 7 days in Brisbane too long. I would probably suggest 3-4 days and then heading north. Check out

www.ourbrisbane.com

www.greatsoutheast.com.au

Maybe even a few days up on the Sunshine Coast

www.SunshineCoastInformation.com.au

Hope this gives you a few ideas

Oscar

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2. Re: Brisbane & Cairns

I'll be flying to Brisbane but not necessarily staying in Brisbane. I'm looking at Queensland area and looking for ideas. Yup, Sunshine Coast is definitely in my consideration. The 7 days will be inclusive of Cairns & Great Barrier Reef. Trying to come up with an itinerary that's not too hectic yet fulfilling and enjoyable for both me (early 30s) and my mum (mid 50s). All suggestions are welcome coz I really haven't anything concrete right now. Thanks a lot!

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3. Re: Brisbane & Cairns

hi we are thinking of doing the same thing in august - last minute i know but our trip to bali has falen through due to lack of flights.

I wondered what you decided? We are thinking 3 nights somewhere out of Brisbane - Byron Bay or Noosa - any idea which is better? we want a beach break to surf and chill out (we are 29 and don;t want clubs or back packers places).

Then we are thinking fly to Cairns and see GBR and daintree.

We only want to base ourselves in 1 place (town) near Cairns - any recommendations?

thanks

Jenny

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I've extended our trip to 10 days to include Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Cairns. And due to the lack of time, we won't be exploring Brisbane at all. Still in the midst of finalising the lodging but I've booked the flight to Cairns and back to Brisbane. Also will be renting a car for 6 days.

First 2 days will be for Gold Coast, but no surfing though. I don't think my mum can do that... Will drive around the beach from Coolangatta to Surfer's Paradise area, but our main focus will be the hinterland - Springbrook and Lamington National Parks - see some waterfalls, some mountain scenery, bushwalk a bit, and see the glow worms.

Then we'll be off to Sunshine Coast and beyond, where they're so many things to see, I haven't really decided which ones to visit. I would really like to see Fraser Island and do a whale watching cruise from Hervey Bay. There's also Australia Zoo. And I'm looking forward to the drive along the Glasshouse Mountains and Blackall Ranges. And there's Rainbow Beach and of course the wonderful beaches on Sunshine Coast.

As for Cairns, a hot air balloon ride to see the sunrise will be a highlight. I'll definitely do a dive at GBR while I send my mum on either the Seawalker or Semi-submisible. Haven't decided between Daintree and Atherton Tablelands - no time to do both. A half day trip to Kuranda on Skyrail in on the cards too.

Queensland is really an amazing place with plenty to see and do. I'm really overwhelmed and wished I could get more leave from work.

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5. Re: Brisbane & Cairns

I think Byron Bay seems better if you just wanna surf. Noosa seems more commercialised, like Gold Coast.

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