17 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

17 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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17 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Sydney
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 45​min
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  3​h 45​min
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h
Townsville
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h 30​min
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
Sydney

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 (Mon): head off the coast to Whitsunday Islands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Tue): get interesting insight from Tours and then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Airlie Beach day trip planning site .

Sydney to Airlie Beach is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in May, expect Airlie Beach to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Adventure

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Whitsunday Islands
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

1
day
Hamilton Island

On the 17th (Thu), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hamilton Island trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Hamilton Island can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. On the 17th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

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Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery and Des Spencer Galleries are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Safaris and Four Mile Beach will get you outdoors. Spend the 18th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, look for gifts at Coffee Works, look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge, and get outside with Port Douglas Microlights.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Hamilton Island to Port Douglas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and shuttle. When traveling from Hamilton Island in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Port Douglas: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

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Mossman Gorge, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

4
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.
St Monica's Cathedral and Bones and Jones are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and Palm Cove Beach will get you outdoors. Spend the 22nd (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 25th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk and get outside with Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. May in Cairns sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

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Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Nature & Wildlife 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 26th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Museum of Tropical Queensland, then kick back and relax at The Strand, and then trek along Castle Hill.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Townsville road trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Townsville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

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Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill

3
days
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Visiting Sandy Cape Lighthouse and Lake McKenzie will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach, explore and take pictures at Maheno Wreck, and contemplate the waterfront views at Eli Creek.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Fraser Island online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Townsville to Fraser Island by combination of flight, ferry, and car takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Townsville in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 17°C in Fraser Island. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Wanggoolba Creek ©
Wanggoolba Creek

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