18 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

18 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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18 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Auckland Central
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  12​h
1
Fraser Island
— 5 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + train:  9​h 30​min
2
Townsville
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  4​h 30​min
3
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Auckland Central

5
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Visiting Sandy Cape Lighthouse and Seventy-Five Mile Beach will get you outdoors. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Indian Head and Eli Creek.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Fraser Island tour itinerary builder app .

Auckland Central, New Zealand to Fraser Island is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight, ferry, and car. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Auckland Central to Fraser Island due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Lake Allom ©
Lake Allom
K'gari ©
K'gari

2
nights
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 (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, step off the mainland to explore Museum of Tropical Queensland, and then enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Townsville road trip planner .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Townsville in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. In April, daily temperatures in Townsville can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Townsville

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

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.
Do your shopping at Sunday Market Port Douglas and The Reef Marina. Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Spend the 21st (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach, learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge, and take in the exciting artwork at Ngarru Gallery.

Discover how to plan a Port Douglas trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Townsville to Port Douglas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In April in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trips

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

6
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Palm Cove Beach and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Get some cultural insight at Bones and Jones and Doongal Aboriginal Art. Spend the 25th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 30th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: take a stroll around Tanks Arts Centre, hunt for treasures at Rusty's Market, head outdoors with Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and stop by Luminous Lights.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary planning app .

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. In April, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Smithfield Shopping Centre, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Tanks Arts Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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