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

Manila, Luzon
Fly:  18​h
Airlie Beach
— Few hours
ferry:  1​h
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  7​h 30​min
Manila, Luzon

few
hours
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then go for a walk through Bicentennial Walkway, and finally stop by Beach Book Boutique.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Airlie Beach tour itinerary builder site .

Manila, Philippines to Airlie Beach is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manila to Airlie Beach is 2 hours. Traveling from Manila in October, expect Airlie Beach to be little chillier, temps between 30°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Hamilton Island.

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Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef
Bicentennial Walkway ©
Bicentennial Walkway
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1
day
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): play a few rounds at Hamilton Island Golf Club and then enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hamilton Island vacation planner .

Ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In October, daytime highs in Hamilton Island are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Cairns.

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Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club

2
days
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 23rd (Tue), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cairns road trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Hamilton Island to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hamilton Island in October: highs in Cairns hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Adventure

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Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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