8 days in Queensland Itinerary

8 days in Queensland Itinerary

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8 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
subway + Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Brisbane
— 1 day
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
2
Port Douglas
— 1 day
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Cow Bay
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  2​h
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

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day
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.
On the 10th (Sun), explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, then examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, and then admire the masterpieces at GOMA.

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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 (PST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 18 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from San Francisco in February, with highs in Brisbane at 83°F and lows at 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums
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Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery
Gallery of Modern Art ©
Gallery of Modern Art

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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas road trip tool .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Brisbane to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in February, Port Douglas is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cow Bay.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Cow Bay

Cow Bay ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Thornton Beach, learn more about the world around you at Daintree Entomological museum, and then get curious at Daintree Discovery Centre.

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You can do a combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cow Bay in 1.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Cow Bay

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trip

Cape Tribulation
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Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Daintree Entomological museum ©
Daintree Entomological museum

3
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.
Let the collections at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and Bones and Jones capture your imagination. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Trinity Beach. There's lots more to do: view the masterpieces at Underart Gallery, explore the world behind art at Samurai Gallery Australia, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and explore the galleries of Cairns Art Gallery.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip planner .

Getting from Cow Bay to Cairns by combination of car and ferry takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, and shuttle. In February, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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