39 days in Gold Coast, Brisbane & Port Douglas Itinerary

39 days in Gold Coast, Brisbane & Port Douglas Itinerary

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39 days in Gold Coast, Brisbane & Port Douglas Itinerary

Start: Gold Coast
1
Gold Coast
— 33 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
3
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
End: Gold Coast

33
nights
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Greenmount Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Kurrawa Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gold Coast: Lennox Head (Lennox Head Beach, Pat Morton Lookout, & more), Lamington National Park (in Binna Burra) and Byron Bay (Wategos Beach, Lone Goat Gallery, & more). Spend the 24th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 21st (Fri) exploring nature at Nerang National Park. There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Natural Bridge, stroll through Kirra Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Tamborine Mountain, and admire the sheer force of Minyon Falls.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast online attractions planner .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airports are Brisbane International Airport and Gold Coast Airport. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Brisbane, Byron Bay, Lennox Head, Kingscliff, Lamington National Park
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): explore the striking landscape of D'Aguilar National Park. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Shorncliffe Beach, examine the collection at Opal Museum, then walk around Daisy Hill Conservation Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel).

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane trip planner .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Daisy Hill Conservation Park
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D'Aguilar National Park ©
D'Aguilar National Park
Daisy Hill Conservation Park ©
Daisy Hill Conservation Park

2
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): explore the gorgeous colors at Agincourt Reef, then play a few rounds at Palmer Sea Reef Golf Course, then make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market Port Douglas. On your second day here, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, trot along with a tour on horseback, then explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, then head outdoors with Horses in Port, and finally take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas online holiday planner .

Getting from Brisbane to Port Douglas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Brisbane in August: high temperatures in Port Douglas hover around 31°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Photography Tours, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Photography Tours
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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