12 days in Port Douglas, Hamilton Island & Airlie Beach Itinerary

12 days in Port Douglas, Hamilton Island & Airlie Beach Itinerary

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12 days in Port Douglas, Hamilton Island & Airlie Beach Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + shuttle:  26​h
1
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
3
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  30​h
End: London


2
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.
Spend the 10th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 12th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, tour the water at your own pace with Shaolin Junk Cruises, and meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas holiday planning app .

London, UK to Port Douglas is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight, car, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Port Douglas. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in August: high temperatures in Port Douglas hover around 31°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Shaolin Junk Cruises, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

3
nights
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Hamilton Island is known for adventure, beaches, zoos & aquariums, golf, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, tee off at Hamilton Island Golf Club, admire all the interesting features of Go-Kart Racing Track, and make a trip to Passage Peak.

To find where to stay and tourist information, refer to the Hamilton Island trip tool .

Getting from Port Douglas to Hamilton Island by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. When traveling from Port Douglas in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hamilton Island: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Passage Peak ©
Passage Peak
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

3
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.
On the 16th (Fri), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. Spend the 17th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, gear up at Cumberland Charter Yachts, and stop by Grotty Yachty Clothing.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach trip builder site .

Ride a ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. In August in Airlie Beach, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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