46 days in Queensland Itinerary

46 days in Queensland Itinerary

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46 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
subway + Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Brisbane
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h
2
Airlie Beach
— 5 nights
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Cairns
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Herberton
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Port Douglas
— 7 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Cow Bay
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 30​min
7
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
8
Noosa
— 8 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

6
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
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.
Get some historical perspective at Wolston Farmhouse and Victoria Bridge Abutment. Get some cultural insight at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre and Queensland Art Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Pacific Fair Shopping Centre (in Broadbeach), Main Beach (Marina Mirage & Sea World Theme Park) and Robina Town Shopping Centre (in Robina). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, steep yourself in history at Newstead House, admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, and get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane journey planner .

San Francisco, USA to Brisbane is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of subway and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 18 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in January: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 84°F and lows are around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Shopping, #Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Main Beach, Robina Town Shopping Centre, Wolston Farmhouse, Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 25:
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Pacific Fair Shopping Centre ©
Pacific Fair Shopping Centre

5
nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Airlie Beach: Molle Islands National Park (in Long Island) and Hiking & Bushwalks One&Only Hayman Island (in Hayman Island). Spend the 26th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 27th (Mon), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's much more to do: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, head off the coast to Whitsunday Islands, and stop by Whitsunday Opals.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach online visit planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Brisbane to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. In January in Airlie Beach, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 76°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Whitsunday Islands, Molle Islands National Park, Hiking & Bushwalks One&Only Hayman Island
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 30:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Molle Islands National Park ©
Molle Islands National Park
Lions Airlie Beach Markets ©
Lions Airlie Beach Markets

8
nights
Cairns

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at St Monica's Cathedral and Underart Gallery. For shopping fun, head to Tanks Arts Centre or DFO Cairns, Direct Factory Outlets. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Spas & Wellness). Spend the 31st (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 5th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: hunt for treasures at Rusty's Market, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, browse the different shops at Stockland Cairns Shopping Centre, and stop by Australian Leather Company.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns road trip site .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. January in Cairns sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Herberton.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Tanks Arts Centre, Holloways Beach Markets, The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, Smithfield Shopping Centre
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 7:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Herberton

Herberton ©
Herberton is a town and locality on the Atherton Tableland in Far North Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Malanda Falls, browse the eclectic array of goods at Yungaburra Markets, then steep yourself in history at Historic Village Herberton, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tableland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at The Barn Ravenshoe, then don't miss a visit to Windy Hill Wind Farm Viewing Area, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Barrine, and finally make a trip to The Afghanistan Avenue of Honour.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Herberton trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Herberton takes 2 hours. February in Herberton sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Herberton

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Yungaburra, Ravenshoe, Atherton Tableland, Malanda Falls
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 9:
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Lake Barrine ©
Lake Barrine
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Yungaburra Markets ©
Yungaburra Markets

7
nights
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Do your shopping at Coffee Works and Funstuff by Lynda. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery and Studio 49 Artisan Gallery. Spend the 10th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 16th (Sun) exploring nature at Mowbray National Park. There's still lots to do: stop by With Sugar, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, take in the exciting artwork at Des Spencer Galleries, and meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas online visit planner .

You can drive from Herberton to Port Douglas in 2 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cow Bay.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trips

Mossman, Mossman Gorge
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 16:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Mossman Gorge ©
Mossman Gorge

1
night
Cow Bay

Cow Bay ©
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): browse the exhibits of Daintree Discovery Centre, take in the exciting artwork at Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, then get a new perspective on nature at Daintree Entomological museum, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cow Bay route maker site .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cow Bay in 1.5 hours. In February in Cow Bay, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Cow Bay

#Museums, #Parks, #Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Alexandra Bay Waterfall, Daintree Entomological museum, Floravilla Ice Cream Factory
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 17:
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Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Daintree Entomological museum ©
Daintree Entomological museum
Floravilla Ice Cream Factory ©
Floravilla Ice Cream Factory

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sandy Cape Lighthouse and Lychee Divine. Take a break from Fraser Island with a short trip to St Paul's Church and Bell Tower in Maryborough, about 2 hours away.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Fraser Island day trip planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cow Bay to Fraser Island. Traveling from Cow Bay in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Fraser Island, with lows of 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches

Side Trips

Lychee Divine, St Paul's Church and Bell Tower
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 22:
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
St Paul's Church and Bell Tower ©
St Paul's Church and Bell Tower
Lychee Divine ©
Lychee Divine

8
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Head to The Original Eumundi Markets and The Real McCaulfor some retail therapy. Get a sense of the local culture at Sunshine Castle and Chenrezig Institute. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Noosa: Caloundra (Caloundra Street Fair, MaisyMoo, & more), Opals Down Under (in Glenview) and Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage (in Buderim). There's much more to do: browse the different shops at Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza, stop by Maleny Cheese, take in the exciting artwork at Artisans Gallery, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Noosa Farmers Market.

For maps and tourist information, read our Noosa day trip planner .

Getting from Fraser Island to Noosa by combination of car and ferry takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Noosa

#Shopping, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Montville, Eumundi, Caloundra, Maleny, Yandina
Find places to stay Feb 22 — Mar 2:
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The Original Eumundi Markets ©
The Original Eumundi Markets
The Real McCaul ©
The Real McCaul
Point Cartwright ©
Point Cartwright

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