15 days in Port Douglas, Whitsunday Islands & Sunshine Coast Itinerary

15 days in Port Douglas, Whitsunday Islands & Sunshine Coast Itinerary

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15 days in Port Douglas, Whitsunday Islands & Sunshine Coast Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly + shuttle:  8​h
1
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
Travel:  2​h 30​min
3
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + train:  4​h 30​min
4
Beerwah
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Noosa
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Perth

5
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 Four Mile Beach and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Get out of town with these interesting Port Douglas side-trips: Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach) and Trinity Beach (in Trinity Beach). There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore and take pictures at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, head outdoors with Horses in Port, and stop by With Sugar.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas tour planning tool .

Perth to Port Douglas is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Perth to Port Douglas, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Perth in October, expect Port Douglas to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

2
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 11th (Fri), join the crowd at Go-Kart Racing Track and then stroll through Catseye Beach. Keep things going the next day: take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wild life Hamilton Island, and then get outside with Jetryder.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hamilton Island journey planner .

Getting from Port Douglas to Hamilton Island by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. While traveling from Port Douglas, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Hamilton Island, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Wild life Hamilton Island ©
Wild life Hamilton Island
Go-Kart Racing Track ©
Go-Kart Racing Track

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

Before you visit Whitsunday Island, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hamilton Island to Whitsunday Island. Traveling from Hamilton Island in October, Whitsunday Island is little chillier at night with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Beerwah.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet

2
nights
Beerwah

Beerwah ©
Beerwah is a rural town and a locality in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): get to know the resident critters at Australia Zoo and then admire the natural beauty at Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: make a splash at Thrill Hill Waterslide, enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sunshine Coast.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Beerwah travel route planner.

Do a combination of flight and train from Whitsunday Island to Beerwah in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or take a train. When traveling from Whitsunday Island in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Beerwah: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Beerwah

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Thrill Hill Waterslide, Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden
Highlights from your plan
Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
Sea Life Sunshine Coast ©
Sea Life Sunshine Coast
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

4
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Noosa Main Beach and Kings Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Noosa: Aqua Park Bli Bli (in Bli Bli), BLAST Aqua Park Coolum (in Coolum Beach) and Mount Ninderry (in Yandina). There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park, stroll around Wirreanda Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Peregian Beach, and take a stroll through Hastings Street.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Noosa trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Beerwah to Noosa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

BLAST Aqua Park Coolum, Wirreanda Park, Kings Beach, Aqua Park Bli Bli, Mount Ninderry
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Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Aqua Park Bli Bli ©
Aqua Park Bli Bli
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach

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