12 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

12 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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12 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly + shuttle:  26​h
1
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h
2
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h 15​min
3
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Manchester

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Mossman Gorge. Spend the 4th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas tour itinerary builder tool .

Manchester, UK to Port Douglas is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight, car, and ferry. Traveling from Manchester to Port Douglas, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Manchester in February; daily highs in Port Douglas reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Whitsunday Island travel route site .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Whitsunday Island in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In February, daytime highs in Whitsunday Island are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef, kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach driving holiday planner.

Getting from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. In February in Airlie Beach, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

4
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Palm Cove to see Hartley's Crocodile Adventures about 44 minutes away. There's more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip maker website .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. February in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. On the 12th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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