14 days in Brisbane Region, Hamilton Island & Port Douglas Itinerary

14 days in Brisbane Region, Hamilton Island & Port Douglas Itinerary

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14 days in Brisbane Region, Hamilton Island & Port Douglas Itinerary

Start: Pittsburgh
Fly:  25​h
1
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  3​h 30​min
3
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
shuttle + Fly:  32​h
End: Pittsburgh

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.
Kids will enjoy Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Warner Bros. Movie World. Get outdoors at The Brisbane River and Dicky Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Dreamworld in Coomera (about 1h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands and admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens.

To find reviews and other tourist information, use the Brisbane tour planner.

Pittsburgh, USA to Brisbane is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 15 hour difference. In July, Brisbane is little chillier than Pittsburgh - with highs of 69°F and lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Dicky Beach
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World

3
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Catseye Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Visiting Whitsunday Islands National Park and Alani Charters will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: tee off at Hamilton Island Golf Club, meet the residents at Wild life Hamilton Island, get your game on at Sports Club, and go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hamilton Island online trip builder .

You can fly from Brisbane to Hamilton Island in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Hamilton Island when traveling from Brisbane in July, with lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Outdoors Transportation

Side Trip

Whitsunday Islands National Park
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Safaris and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Relax by the water at Four Mile Beach and Trinity Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Douglas: Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness (in Cape Tribulation), Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach) and Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, trot along with a tour on horseback, engage your brain at Daintree Discovery Centre, and get outside with Horses in Port.

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Hamilton Island to Port Douglas takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. When traveling from Hamilton Island in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Port Douglas, with highs around 78°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Palm Cove, Ellis Beach, Mossman Gorge Centre, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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