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: Luxembourg City
Fly + shuttle:  28​h
1
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Mission Beach
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
3
Rockhampton
— Few hours
Drive:  7​h 30​min
4
Bowen
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
6
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
7
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Luxembourg City

2
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Port Douglas

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.
Get in touch with nature at Opal Reef and Horseback Riding Tours. Bring the kids along to Mowbray National Park and Kuku Yalanji Dreamtime. The adventure continues: make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, look for gifts at With Sugar, and learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas day trip planner .

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg to Port Douglas is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of flight, car, and ferry. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Luxembourg City to Port Douglas due to the time zone difference. In August, Port Douglas is a bit warmer than Luxembourg City - with highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

Mossman
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Opal Reef ©
Opal Reef
Horseback Riding Tours
Mowbray National Park ©
Mowbray National Park

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Mission Beach

Mission Beach ©
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Helen Wiltshire Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach, and then kick back and relax at Etty Bay.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Mission Beach route planner.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Mission Beach in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Mission Beach

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Beaches

Side Trip

Etty Bay
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Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Skydiving
Etty Bay ©
Etty Bay

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Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): make a splash at 2nd World War Memorial Aquatic Centre, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Rockhampton Botanic Gardens, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Capricorn Caves.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Rockhampton trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Mission Beach to Rockhampton in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Bowen.

Things to do in Rockhampton

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Zoos & Aquariums
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Rockhampton Botanic Gardens ©
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens
Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves
2nd World War Memorial Aquatic Centre ©

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Bowen

Bowen ©
Bowen is a coastal town and locality in the Whitsunday Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. On the 20th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Grays Bay, don't miss a visit to Horseshoe Bay Rotary Lookout, then kick back and relax at Horseshoe Bay, and finally make a trip to Mother Beddock Rock.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Bowen trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rockhampton to Bowen takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. August in Bowen sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Bowen

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Horseshoe Bay Rotary Lookout ©
Horseshoe Bay Rotary Lookout

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Kayaking & Canoeing and Whitehaven Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Heart Reef and Cumberland Charter Yachts. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, stop by Whitsunday Opals, take in the pleasant sights at Bicentennial Walkway, and hike along Whitsunday Great Walk.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Airlie Beach journey planner.

You can drive from Bowen to Airlie Beach in an hour. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Bowen in August: highs in Airlie Beach hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef

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Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 24th (Fri), get outside with Jetryder, then enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach, and then don't miss a visit to Passage Peak. Keep things going the next day: play a few rounds at Hamilton Island Golf Club and then stroll through Wild life Hamilton Island.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hamilton Island road trip planning app .

Traveling by ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, daytime highs in Hamilton Island are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Wild life Hamilton Island ©
Wild life Hamilton Island
Passage Peak ©
Passage Peak

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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.
Bring the kids along to Tablelands, Waterfalls, and Spanish Castle and Shark Diving. Get in touch with nature at Michaelmas Cay and Atherton Tablelands. Step out of Cairns to go to Palm Cove and see Kayaking & Canoeing, which is approximately 34 minutes away. There's more to do: experience rural life at Gallo DairyLand and get out on two wheels at Trail Bike Adventures.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cairns attractions tool .

Getting from Hamilton Island to Cairns by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hamilton Island in August: highs in Cairns hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Kayaking & Canoeing
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Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay
Shark Diving

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