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

Start: London
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  33​h
1
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + train:  9​h 30​min
2
Townsville
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 45​min
3
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
4
Hamilton Island
— Few hours
Fly + shuttle:  3​h 45​min
5
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Eli Creek, admire all the interesting features of Maheno Wreck, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Fraser Island holiday planning website .

London, UK to Fraser Island is an approximately 33-hour combination of flight, ferry, and car. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 10 hour difference. In December, Fraser Island is much hotter than London - with highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie

1
night
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 19th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at CoffeeWorks Townsville and then enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Townsville vacation maker site .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Townsville in 9.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Fraser Island in December, Townsville is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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The Strand ©
The Strand
CoffeeWorks ©
CoffeeWorks

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.
On the 20th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon, go for a walk through Bicentennial Walkway, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach trip maker site .

You can take a bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. In December in Airlie Beach, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Tours
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Bicentennial Walkway ©
Bicentennial Walkway

few
hours
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): play a few rounds at Hamilton Island Golf Club.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Hamilton Island trip site .

Traveling by ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. December in Hamilton Island sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. On the 21st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

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

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Safaris and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's much more to do: stroll through Four Mile Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Port Douglas trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Hamilton Island to Port Douglas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and shuttle. In December in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

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

3
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 Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and Scuba & Snorkeling. When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, approximately 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: get outside with Esplanade Lagoon Pool, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

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Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. On the 28th (Fri), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #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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