22 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

22 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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22 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
Cairns
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + ferry:  6​h
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h 15​min
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  33​h
End: London

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.
St Monica's Cathedral and Doongal Aboriginal Art are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to Tanks Arts Centre and Luminous Lightsfor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 14th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 18th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Smithfield Shopping Centre, browse the eclectic array of goods at Rusty's Market, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones.

For ratings and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns online sightseeing planner .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Cairns. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from London in November: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trips

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

5
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Coffee Works and The Reef Marina. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery and Janbal Gallery. Spend the 21st (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 22nd (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market Port Douglas, look for gifts at Funstuff by Lynda, kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, and view the masterpieces at Des Spencer Galleries.

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Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In November, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Tours

Side Trips

Mossman, Mossman Gorge
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Coffee Works ©
Coffee Works
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

2
nights
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.
Spend the 25th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 26th (Mon), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef, and get interesting insight from Tours.

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You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry from Port Douglas to Airlie Beach in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. November in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure
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Speed Boats Tours
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Whitsunday Island attractions site .

Ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Airlie Beach in November, plan for little chillier nights in Whitsunday Island, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

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

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
We've included these beaches for you: Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Indian Head.

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Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Whitsunday Island to Fraser Island takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. November in Fraser Island sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

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

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