16 days in Seventeen Seventy & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

16 days in Seventeen Seventy & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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16 days in Seventeen Seventy & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Seventeen Seventy
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 15​min
2
Townsville
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
6
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Sydney

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Seventeen Seventy

Seventeen Seventy ©
Seventeen Seventy, also written as 1770, is a town and locality in Gladstone Region, Queensland, Australia, built on the site of the second landing by James Cook and the crew of HM Bark Endeavour in May 1770 (Cook's first landing in what is now the state of Queensland). For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Seventeen Seventy trip itinerary site .

Sydney to Seventeen Seventy is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in May: high temperatures in Seventeen Seventy hover around 29°C and lows are around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Seventeen Seventy

#Museums

Side Trip

Kent Barton Art Gallery
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Kent Barton Art Gallery ©
Kent Barton Art Gallery

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Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at St James Cathedral.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Townsville day trip tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Seventeen Seventy to Townsville. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill

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Cairns

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Spas & Wellness, & more). Spend the 18th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, and let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cairns online tour itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Townsville to Cairns takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Cairns sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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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 21st (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 22nd (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, tour the water at your own pace with Shaolin Junk Cruises, learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In May, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Shaolin Junk Cruises, Mossman Gorge
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Safaris
Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, play a few rounds at Hamilton Island Golf Club and then make a trip to Passage Peak.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Hamilton Island vacation maker tool .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Hamilton Island takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and ferry. When traveling from Port Douglas in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hamilton Island: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

#Golf, #Outdoors, #Parks
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Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina
Passage Peak ©
Passage Peak

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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.
Spend the 28th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, take in the pleasant sights at Bicentennial Walkway, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and stroll through Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Airlie Beach trip builder website .

Traveling by ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In May in Airlie Beach, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

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

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