15 days in Port Douglas, Lady Elliot Island & Sydney Itinerary

15 days in Port Douglas, Lady Elliot Island & Sydney Itinerary

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15 days in Port Douglas, Lady Elliot Island & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
Fly + shuttle:  31​h
1
Port Douglas
— 6 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10​h 15​min
2
Lady Elliot Island
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  7​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  23​h 45​min
End: Birmingham

6
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.
Attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness make great kid-friendly stops. Visiting Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and Myall Beach will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Port Douglas side-trips: Daintree National Park (in Cape Tribulation), Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Cow Bay Beach (in Cow Bay). Spend the 6th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, view the masterpieces at Des Spencer Galleries, enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas online trip itinerary planner .

Birmingham, USA to Port Douglas is an approximately 31-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 16 hour difference. Traveling from Birmingham in February, expect Port Douglas to be much warmer, temps between 88°F and 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lady Elliot Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Cape Tribulation, Scuba & Snorkeling, Cow Bay Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

1
day
Lady Elliot Island

Lady Elliot Island ©
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): visit a coastal fixture at Lady Elliot Island Lighthouse.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Lady Elliot Island trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Port Douglas to Lady Elliot Island with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lady Elliot Island

Historic Sites
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Lady Elliot Island Lighthouse ©
Lady Elliot Island Lighthouse

4
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Freshwater Beach. Family-friendly places like Manly Beach and Dee Why Beach will thrill your kids. When in Sydney, make a side trip to see Shelly Beach in Manly, approximately 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, kick back and relax at Coogee Beach, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, and listen to music at Sydney Opera House.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lady Elliot Island to Sydney. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in February, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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