21 days in Gold Coast, Mackay & Port Douglas Itinerary

21 days in Gold Coast, Mackay & Port Douglas Itinerary

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21 days in Gold Coast, Mackay & Port Douglas Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  4​h
1
Gold Coast
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Mackay
— 6 nights
Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
3
Port Douglas
— 8 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

5
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Brisbane (South Bank Parklands, City Botanic Gardens, & more). Spend the 4th (Wed) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park. The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach, kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach, and take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Observation Deck.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Gold Coast online trip itinerary builder .

Melbourne to Gold Coast is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in September; daily highs in Gold Coast reach 27°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Brisbane
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

6
nights
Mackay

Mackay ©
Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mackay: Finch Hatton Gorge (in Finch Hatton), Cape Hillsborough National Park (in Cape Hillsborough) and Eungella (Broken River & Eungella National Park). There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Mango Avenue, take in nature's colorful creations at Orchid Display House, make a trip to The Leichhardt Tree, and contemplate the waterfront views at Pioneer River.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Mackay travel planner.

Explore your travel options from Gold Coast to Mackay with the Route module. Traveling from Gold Coast in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Mackay, with lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Mackay

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Eungella, Finch Hatton Gorge, Cape Hillsborough National Park
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Eungella National Park ©
Eungella National Park
Mackay Aqua Park ©
Mackay Aqua Park
Orchid Display House ©
Orchid Display House

8
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Port Douglas: Cape Tribulation (Marrdja Botanical Walk, Dubuji Boardwalk, & more), Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay). Spend the 13th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 14th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, take some stellar pictures from Trinity Bay Lookout, get outside with The Bump Track, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas attractions planner.

Explore your travel options from Mackay to Port Douglas with the Route module. September in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Palm Cove, Walu Wugirriga Lookout
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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