11 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

11 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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11 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 15​min
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+4
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly + shuttle:  11​h 30​min
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
Mission Beach
— 1 night
Drive + ferry:  3​h 15​min
Magnetic Island
— 1 night
ferry + Drive:  4​h 30​min
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Sydney

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the next day, kick back and relax at Eli Creek and then enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Fraser Island online day trip planner .

Sydney to Fraser Island is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight, ferry, and car. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in August: highs in Fraser Island hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie

2
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Four Mile Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Get outdoors at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's still lots to do: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and stop by With Sugar.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas vacation planner .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, flight, and shuttle from Fraser Island to Port Douglas in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, train, and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Fraser Island in August; daily highs in Port Douglas reach 31°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

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Palm Cove
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

1
night
Mission Beach

Mission Beach ©
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
On the 15th (Wed), take the plunge with a skydiving experience and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach.

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Getting from Port Douglas to Mission Beach by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Magnetic Island.

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Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Skydiving

1
night
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): tour the water at your own pace with Pilgrim Sailing and then take a tour by water with Big Mama Sailing.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Magnetic Island tour website .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Mission Beach to Magnetic Island in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Magnetic Island can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

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Pilgrim Sailing ©
Pilgrim Sailing

3
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Horseshoe Bay and Kayaking & Canoeing. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Heart Reef and Mother Beddock Rock. Change things up with a short trip to The Big Mango in Bowen (about 46 minutes away). There's much more to do: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and look for gifts at Grotty Yachty Clothing.

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Do a combination of ferry and car from Magnetic Island to Airlie Beach in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus. When traveling from Magnetic Island in August, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Airlie Beach: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

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Bowen
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef

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