14 days in Port Douglas & Gold Coast Itinerary

14 days in Port Douglas & Gold Coast Itinerary

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14 days in Port Douglas & Gold Coast Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Shuttle:  7​h
1
Port Douglas
— 7 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  6​h
2
Gold Coast
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Sydney

7
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.
Bring the kids along to Trinity Beach and Daintree Discovery Centre. Step off the beaten path and head to Daintree National Park and Agincourt Reef. Get out of town with these interesting Port Douglas side-trips: Spas (in Palm Cove), Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay) and Daintree (Tranquility Falls & Photography Tours). There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, identify plant and animal life at Birdworld Kuranda, don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, and explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas tour itinerary builder tool .

Sydney to Port Douglas is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in December, with highs in Port Douglas at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kuranda, Daintree, Cow Bay, Spas, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

6
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Burleigh Heads Beach and Coolangatta Beach. Family-friendly places like Kirra Beach and Greenmount Beach will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Gold Coast side-trips: Watersports Guru (in Kingscliff), Victoria Park Nature Reserve (in Alstonville) and Lennox Head Beach (in Lennox Head). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction, walk around Queens Park, and hike along Cape Byron Walking Track.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Gold Coast visit planning website .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Gold Coast in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Port Douglas in December: high temperatures in Gold Coast hover around 32°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ipswich, Watersports Guru, Lennox Head Beach, Victoria Park Nature Reserve, Queen’s Park
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

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