28 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

28 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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28 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  4​h
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
Airlie Beach
— 4 nights
ferry:  1​h 15​min
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  4​h
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h
Townsville
— 3 nights
+3
train + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h 30​min
Fraser Island
— 5 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Sydney

2
nights
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Hamilton Island is known for adventure, beaches, zoos & aquariums, golf, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tee off at Hamilton Island Golf Club, take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina, and don't miss a visit to Passage Peak.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Hamilton Island vacation maker site .

Sydney to Hamilton Island is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry. In June, Hamilton Island is a bit warmer than Sydney - with highs of 26°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club

4
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 18th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: race across the water with a speed boat tour, get interesting insight from Tours, contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef, and take in the pleasant sights at Bicentennial Walkway.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach trip planner .

Getting from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach by ferry takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in June, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trip

Whitsunday Islands
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Speed Boats Tours
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

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Traveling by ferry from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island takes 1.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Whitsunday Island when traveling from Airlie Beach in June, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

5
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.
Spend the 22nd (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 23rd (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Whitsunday Island to Port Douglas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Whitsunday Island in June since evenings lows in Port Douglas dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

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Side Trips

Mossman Gorge, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

6
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 28th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 1st (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, explore the activities along Centenary Lakes - Cairns Botanic Gardens, stroll through Trail Bike Adventures, and choose your vessel at Shaolin Junk Cruises.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Centenary Lakes - Cairns Botanic Gardens
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

3
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.
Townsville is known for beaches, nature, wildlife, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at The Strand, stroll through Castle Hill, get great views at Mount Stuart, and pause for some serene contemplation at St James Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Townsville trip itinerary maker app .

You can fly from Cairns to Townsville in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Cairns in July since evenings lows in Townsville dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Townsville

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The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary

5
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, beaches, outdoors, historic sites, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, kick back and relax at Eli Creek, delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island trip itinerary maker tool .

Do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Townsville to Fraser Island in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Townsville in July since evenings lows in Fraser Island dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
K'gari ©
K'gari
Lake Birrabeen ©
Lake Birrabeen

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