4 days in Brisbane & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

4 days in Brisbane & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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4 days in Brisbane & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Sydney
Fly:  3​h 45​min
Brisbane
— Few hours
Fly:  4​h
Cairns
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 15​min
Sydney

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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 26th (Fri), let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane trip itinerary app .

Sydney to Brisbane is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. October in Brisbane sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cairns.

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South Bank Parklands ©
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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cairns trip builder tool .

Fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 34°C and lows about 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

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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 28th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

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You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In October, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

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Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
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