14 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

14 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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14 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

London
Fly + shuttle:  26​h
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h
Whitsunday Island
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h 15​min
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
Townsville
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
London

4
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.
Spend the 5th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 3rd (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge, and meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas online trip maker .

London, 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. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Port Douglas due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in August: high temperatures in Port Douglas hover around 31°C and lows are around 19°C. You will leave for Whitsunday Island on the 6th (Mon).

Things to do in Port Douglas

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Side Trip

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

1
day
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Whitsunday Island planner .

Getting from Port Douglas to Whitsunday Island by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Port Douglas in August since evenings lows in Whitsunday Island dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can 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
days
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.
On the 8th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then take in the exciting artwork at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and then stop by Grotty Yachty Clothing.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip planner .

Getting from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. When traveling from Whitsunday Island in August, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Airlie Beach: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Speed Boats Tours

1
day
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
On the 10th (Fri), go for a walk through Castle Hill and then kick back and relax at The Strand.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Townsville trip builder .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Townsville by bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Airlie Beach in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Townsville: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

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The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill

3
days
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 11th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and get a new perspective on things with Shaolin Junk Cruises.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns tour itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Townsville to Cairns by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. August in Cairns sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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