4 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

4 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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4 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 45​min
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+2
ferry + Fly + shuttle:  4​h 45​min
Palm Cove
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
End: Sydney

1
night
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.
On the 14th (Tue), take in the exciting artwork at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach trip itinerary builder tool .

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. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in August: high temperatures in Airlie Beach hover around 26°C and lows are around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Palm Cove.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

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Kayaking & Canoeing
Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef
Spas & Wellness

2
nights
Palm Cove

Palm Cove ©
A small community of about 1,200 people, Palm Cove sits beside the clear blue waters of the South Pacific.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Palm Cove Beach and then head off the coast to Michaelmas Cay.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Palm Cove trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Airlie Beach to Palm Cove by combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Airlie Beach in August: highs in Palm Cove hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Palm Cove

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Side Trips

Four Mile Beach, Michaelmas Cay
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay
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Palm Cove Beach

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