5 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

5 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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5 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  4​h
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Brisbane

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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk and then pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral. On the next day, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool and then relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary planning tool .

Brisbane to Cairns is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In June, Cairns is a bit warmer than Brisbane - with highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

3
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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 19th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 20th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, and stroll through Four Mile Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas online journey maker .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
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Safaris
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Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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