14 days in Great Barrier Reef, Gold Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

14 days in Great Barrier Reef, Gold Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

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14 days in Great Barrier Reef, Gold Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: Brussels
train + Fly:  24​h
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Brussels

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 30th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, take a memorable tour with Shaolin Junk Cruises, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cairns travel route builder website .

Brussels, Belgium to Cairns is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brussels to Cairns is 9 hours. Traveling from Brussels in October, expect Cairns to be much warmer, temps between 34°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

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Palm Cove
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Esplanade Boardwalk

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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.
Spend the 2nd (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 3rd (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, look for gifts at Coffee Works, and don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. November in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
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Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

1
night
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): meet the residents at Sea World Theme Park and then find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, then kick back and relax at Surfer's Paradise Beach, and then find something for the whole family at Sling Shot & Vomatron Amusement Rides Gold Coast.

To find maps and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast road trip app .

Getting from Port Douglas to Gold Coast by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in November, expect Gold Coast to be slightly colder, temps between 30°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Theme Parks, #Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World ©
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach

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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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, explore the activities along The Brisbane River, and admire all the interesting features of Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Brisbane itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Fun & Games, #Wildlife
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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