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

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

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

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
4
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
5
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h
6
Fraser Island
— 1 day
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 30​min
7
Gold Coast
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
8
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: London

1
night
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.
On the 12th (Tue), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip planner .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in February, things will get much hotter in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
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 13th (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas online road trip planner .

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In February, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina, enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach, and then head outdoors with Jetryder.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Hamilton Island trip planner .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Hamilton Island in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. February in Hamilton Island sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): explore the activities along Heart Reef, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach day trip site .

You can ride a ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. In February, daytime highs in Airlie Beach are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

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Kayaking & Canoeing
Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef
Spas & Wellness

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night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach and then explore the activities along Hill Inlet.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Whitsunday Island itinerary planner .

Take a bus from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island in an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in February, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

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day
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 18th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Fraser Island trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight, car, and ferry from Whitsunday Island to Fraser Island takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. In February, daily temperatures in Fraser Island can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

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day
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.
On the 19th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, then stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach, and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Climb.

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You can do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Gold Coast in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in February, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
SkyPoint Climb ©
SkyPoint Climb

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, then let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nepalese Pagoda. Here are some ideas for day two: take a leisurely stroll along Eagle Street Pier, make a trip to City Hall, then identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and finally explore and take pictures at Suncorp Stadium.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip itinerary builder site .

Drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to 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
City Botanic Gardens ©
City Botanic Gardens

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