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: Sydney
Fly:  5​h
Townsville
— Few hours
Fly + shuttle:  4​h 30​min
Port Douglas
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Cooktown
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Sydney

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Townsville

Townsville
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
On the 17th (Mon), admire all the interesting features of Castle Hill and then don't miss a visit to Jezzine Barracks.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Townsville trip itinerary planner .

Sydney to Townsville is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in September; daily highs in Townsville reach 32°C and lows reach 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

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Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Jezzine Barracks ©
Jezzine Barracks

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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.
On the 18th (Tue), relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

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You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Townsville to Port Douglas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In September, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cooktown.

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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel ©
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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Cooktown

Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. On the 19th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at James Cook Museum, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then stroll the grounds of Cooktown War Memorial, and finally enjoy the sea views from Grassy Hill.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cooktown itinerary maker website .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cooktown by car takes about 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

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Fishing Charters & Tours
James Cook Museum ©
James Cook Museum
Cooktown War Memorial ©
Cooktown War Memorial

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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 20th (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then tour on your own time with Cumberland Charter Yachts, and then go for a walk through Bicentennial Walkway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the activities along Heart Reef.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach day trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cooktown to Airlie Beach. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

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Kayaking & Canoeing
Bicentennial Walkway ©
Bicentennial Walkway
Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef

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