8 days in Brisbane & Port Douglas Itinerary

8 days in Brisbane & Port Douglas Itinerary

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8 days in Brisbane & Port Douglas Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
1
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
End: Brisbane

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Maleny (Maleny Dairies & Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World), Mooloolaba Beach (in Mooloolaba) and Australia Zoo (in Beerwah). There's lots more to do: walk around South Bank Parklands, try out the rides at Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane, admire the natural beauty at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane online sightseeing planner .

If you are flying in from New Zealand, the closest major airports are Brisbane International Airport and Gold Coast Airport. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife

Side Trips

Maleny, Mooloolaba Beach, Australia Zoo
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

2
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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, beaches, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable tour with Tours, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge Centre.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas route 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. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Brisbane in September, with highs in Port Douglas at 33°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge Centre, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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