21 days in Great Barrier Reef & Daintree Region Itinerary

21 days in Great Barrier Reef & Daintree Region Itinerary

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21 days in Great Barrier Reef & Daintree Region Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 45​min
Airlie Beach
— 4 nights
Travel:  2​h 30​min
Daydream Island
— 1 night
Travel:  2​h 30​min
Whitsunday Island
— 2 nights
train + Drive:  16​h 45​min
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Travel:  4​h 15​min
Green Island
— 2 nights
Travel:  4​h
Daintree
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Sydney

4
nights
Airlie Beach

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.
Visiting Boathaven Beach and Whitsunday Islands will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Boab Boat Hire Airlie Beach and Whitsunday Bullet. Venture out of the city with trips to Finch Hatton (Forest Flying & Finch Hatton Gorge). There's lots more to do: take in the waterfront activity at Abell Point Marina, look for gifts at Grotty Yachty Clothing, and take in the exciting artwork at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach trip planner.

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. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Sydney in January since evenings lows in Airlie Beach dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Daydream Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Tours

Side Trips

Finch Hatton, Whitsunday Islands
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Abell Point Marina ©
Abell Point Marina
Finch Hatton Gorge ©
Finch Hatton Gorge
Whitsunday Islands ©
Whitsunday Islands

1
night
Daydream Island

Daydream Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Daydream Island Living Reef.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Daydream Island tour planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Airlie Beach to Daydream Island. In January in Daydream Island, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. You'll set off for Whitsunday Island on the 8th (Tue).

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#Parks, #Wildlife
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Daydream Island Living Reef ©
Daydream Island Living Reef

2
nights
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach and then explore the activities along Hill Inlet. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Whitsunday Islands National Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Whitsunday Island trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Daydream Island to Whitsunday Island. January in Whitsunday Island sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

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#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

3
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Escape the urban bustle at Myall Beach and Thornton Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Cow Bay Beach and Finch Bay. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cape Tribulation: Cooktown (Trevethan Falls, Great Northern Tours, & more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Dubuji Boardwalk, enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Tribulation Beach, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Black Mountain National Park, and relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Farm.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation tour planner .

Do a combination of train and car from Whitsunday Island to Cape Tribulation in 17 hours. January in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Green Island.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Cooktown, Queensland, Cow Bay Beach
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Finch Bay ©
Finch Bay
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk
Cooktown History Centre ©
Cooktown History Centre

2
nights
Green Island

Green Island
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): stroll through Marineland Crocodile Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Green Island day trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cape Tribulation to Green Island. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. On the 16th (Wed), you're off toDaintree.

Things to do in Green Island

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums
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2
nights
Daintree

Daintree ©
Daintree is a settlement in North Queensland 111km north of Cairns and 56km from Port Douglas, Queensland. Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): relax in the rural setting at Australian Muster Experience, identify plant and animal life at Daintree Mangroves Wildlife Sanctuary, and then stroll through Daintree Wild Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Miallo Japanese Bombing Site, then hike along Mount Sorrow Ridge Trail, then experience rural life at Daintree Tea, and finally look for gifts at Daintree Naturals Artist Market.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Daintree trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Green Island to Daintree. January in Daintree sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Daintree

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails

Side Trips

Mossman, Miallo Japanese Bombing Site
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Mount Sorrow Ridge Trail ©
Mount Sorrow Ridge Trail

2
nights
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.
On the 19th (Sat), do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, play a few rounds at Port Douglas Golf Tours, make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, then look for gifts at Whileaway, and finally look for gifts at With Sugar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): look for gifts at Coffee Works, tee off at Palmer Sea Reef Golf Course, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Daintree to Port Douglas takes an hour. In January in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Golf, #Parks

Side Trip

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Palmer Sea Reef Golf Course ©
Palmer Sea Reef Golf Course
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel ©
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery ©
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery

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nights
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.
On the 21st (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Tablelands, Waterfalls, and Spanish Castle and then take in the dramatic natural features at Babinda Boulders. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable tour with Tours and then enjoy the sand and surf at Yorkeys Knob Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. January in Cairns sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Babinda Boulders, Yorkeys Knob Beach
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Babinda Boulders ©
Babinda Boulders
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