10 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

10 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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10 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 15​min
1
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h
2
Whitsunday Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
3
Cairns
— 1 night
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h
4
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Sydney

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.
Spend the 14th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 16th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, and look for gifts at Coffee Works.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip planner .

Sydney to Port Douglas is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in November, with highs in Port Douglas at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands National Park.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Whitsunday Island road trip planning app .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Whitsunday Island in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect little chillier evenings in Whitsunday Island when traveling from Port Douglas in November, with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

1
night
Cairns

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
On the 19th (Mon), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, then stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, and then enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns tour planner.

You can fly from Whitsunday Island to Cairns in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): explore the activities along Eli Creek and then enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Fraser Island trip builder website .

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Cairns to Fraser Island in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Expect slightly colder evenings in Fraser Island when traveling from Cairns in November, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie

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