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

Wichita
Fly:  34​h
Cooktown
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h 45​min
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
Fly:  32​h
Wichita

1
day
Cooktown

Cooktown ©
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. On the 28th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at James Cook Museum, then steep yourself in history at Cooktown History Centre, then make a trip to Grassy Hill, and finally stroll through Finch Bay.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cooktown trip itinerary maker site .

Wichita, USA to Cooktown is an approximately 34-hour flight. Traveling from Wichita to Cooktown, you'll lose 16 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cooktown

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Beaches
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Cooktown History Centre ©
Cooktown History Centre
James Cook Museum ©
James Cook Museum
Finch Bay ©
Finch Bay

2
days
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.
On the 29th (Sat), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: stop by With Sugar, relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas visit planner .

Getting from Cooktown to Port Douglas by car takes about 3.5 hours. In December in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 73°F at night. On the 31st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

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Palm Cove, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

1
day
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
On the 1st (Tue), play a few rounds at Hamilton Island Golf Club and then kick back and relax at Catseye Beach.

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Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Hamilton Island takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and ferry. In December, daily temperatures in Hamilton Island can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club

2
days
Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach ©
Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then explore the activities along Heart Reef, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the water at your own pace with Cumberland Charter Yachts and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Airlie Beach trip planning site .

You can ride a ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In January, daytime highs in Airlie Beach are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

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Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef
Kayaking & Canoeing
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