12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Tulsa
Fly + shuttle:  30​h
1
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  8​h
3
Lady Elliot Island
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  21​h
End: Tulsa

2
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Wavelength Reef Cruises has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with Wavelength Reef Cruises. On your second day here, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and then kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas road trip planning site .

Tulsa, USA to Port Douglas is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 16 hour difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Tulsa in November; daily highs in Port Douglas reach 87°F and lows reach 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
Wavelength Reef Cruises ©
Wavelength Reef Cruises
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

2
nights
Cairns

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.
You've now added Reef Experience to your itinerary. We've included these beaches for you: Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Spend the 11th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To see maps and more tourist information, go to the Cairns road trip app .

Traveling by bus from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In November, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Lady Elliot Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Lady Elliot Island

Lady Elliot Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): enjoy the sea views from Lady Elliot Island Lighthouse.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Lady Elliot Island trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Cairns to Lady Elliot Island with the Route module. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Brisbane.

Things to do in Lady Elliot Island

Historic Sites
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Lady Elliot Island Lighthouse ©
Lady Elliot Island Lighthouse

3
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: enjoy some diversion at South Bank Parklands, have some family-friendly fun at Zoccer Sports - Bubble Soccer, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, and take some stellar pictures from Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Brisbane using our trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lady Elliot Island to Brisbane. In November, daytime highs in Brisbane are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Museums
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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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