19 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

19 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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19 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Hamburg
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  33​h
1
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  9​h
2
Whitsunday Island
— Few hours
ferry:  1​h 15​min
3
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
4
Townsville
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Cooktown
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Hamburg

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
You'll get in some beach time at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek. Get outdoors at Sandy Cape Lighthouse and Lake Allom.

To find reviews and tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island driving holiday planner .

Hamburg, Germany to Fraser Island is an approximately 33-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Hamburg to Fraser Island due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in Fraser Island are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Lake Allom ©
Lake Allom

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hours
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 20th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Whitsunday Island trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Whitsunday Island takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet

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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get interesting insight from Tours.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach trip itinerary planning website .

You can ride a ferry from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Airlie Beach, with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can take a bus to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trip

Whitsunday Islands
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Speed Boats Tours
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

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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 23rd (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Museum of Tropical Queensland, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Strand, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Castle Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary, step off the mainland to explore Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St James Cathedral.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Townsville road trip planner.

Take a bus from Airlie Beach to Townsville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Airlie Beach in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Townsville, with highs around 30°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cooktown.

Things to do in Townsville

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary

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Cooktown

Cooktown ©
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): experience rural life at Alkoomie Station, enjoy the sand and surf at Finch Bay, get engrossed in the history at James Cook Museum, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cooktown War Memorial, and finally enjoy the sea views from Grassy Hill.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cooktown online driving holiday planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Townsville to Cooktown. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cooktown

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Historic Sites
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Finch Bay ©
Finch Bay
James Cook Museum ©
James Cook Museum
Cooktown War Memorial ©
Cooktown War Memorial

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Spend the 26th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach and identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cooktown to Port Douglas takes 3.5 hours. June in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can 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

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and Palm Cove Beach. Spend the 29th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 2nd (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, and choose your vessel at Shaolin Junk Cruises.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cairns travel route planner .

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 June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Jun 28 — Jul 2:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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