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:  4​h 15​min
1
Whitsunday Island
— Few hours
Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Port Douglas
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Townsville
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Sydney

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hours
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Whitsunday Island road trip planning website .

Sydney to Whitsunday Island is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in September, you will find days in Whitsunday Island are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones, brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, and then admire all the interesting features of Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cairns route planner.

Getting from Whitsunday Island to Cairns by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in September, Cairns is a bit warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, take in the exciting artwork at Janbal Gallery, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, and finally look for gifts at With Sugar.

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You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In September, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Mossman
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Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery ©
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Janbal Gallery ©
Janbal Gallery

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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 28th (Fri), step off the mainland to explore Museum of Tropical Queensland, kick back and relax at The Strand, and then go for a walk through Castle Hill.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Townsville online driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Townsville in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Townsville

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
Castle Hill
Castle Hill

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