19 days in Port Douglas, Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

19 days in Port Douglas, Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

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Port Douglas

— 7 nights
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.
Do your shopping at Sunday Market Port Douglas and Ngarru Gallery. Museum-lovers will appreciate Mareeba Heritage Museum and Visitor Information Centre and Peter Jarver Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Port Douglas side-trips: Kuranda (St Saviour's Anglican Church Kuranda, Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Kuranda, &more), Trinity Beach (in Trinity Beach) and Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove). There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll through Four Mile Beach, don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, and look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge Centre.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip itinerary planning tool.

Seattle, USA to Port Douglas is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to Port Douglas is 18 hours. Traveling from Seattle in December, expect Port Douglas to be much warmer, temps between 88°F and 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Brisbane

— 3 nights

Australia's New World City

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.
Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel) and Brisbane Arcade will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like State Library Of Queensland and Queensland Maritime Museum. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Anglican Cathedral, partake in some friendly competition at Breakout Brisbane, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Square, and see the interesting displays at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre.

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Traveling by flight from Port Douglas to Brisbane takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Port Douglas in December; daily highs in Brisbane reach 82°F and lows reach 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Fun & Games

Sydney

— 5 nights

The Harbour City

Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Relax by the water at Shelly Beach and Balmoral Beach, Mosman. You'll explore and learn at Anzac Memorial and Sydney Observatory. There's much more to do: stroll through Bronte Beach, stop by Opal Minded, visit The Rocks, and wander the streets of King Street.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Sydney are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips