15 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

15 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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15 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
— 2 nights
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.
Kids will enjoy Safaris and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Mossman Gorge. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, tee off at Port Douglas Golf Tours, and look for gifts at Coffee Works.

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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. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from London in April: high temperatures in Port Douglas hover around 34°C and lows are around 25°C. On the 12th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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
day
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Whitsunday Island trip itinerary builder website .

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. Traveling from Port Douglas in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Whitsunday Island, with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and then stop by Whitsunday Opals.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach trip planner .

Ride a ferry from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in April, Airlie Beach is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

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 17th (Wed), step off the mainland to explore Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, then enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand, and then explore and take pictures at Castle Hill.

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You can take a bus from Airlie Beach to Townsville in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. While traveling from Airlie Beach, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Townsville, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium ©
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.
Attractions like Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and Palm Cove Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. It doesn't end there: enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool and take a memorable tour with Shaolin Junk Cruises.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cairns visit planner.

You can fly from Townsville to Cairns in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Cairns sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

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Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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