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

Auckland Central
Fly + shuttle:  9​h 15​min
Port Douglas
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
Auckland Central

1
day
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): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and then look for gifts at Coffee Works.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas itinerary maker .

Auckland Central, New Zealand to Port Douglas is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Auckland Central in December, plan for much warmer days in Port Douglas, with highs around 36°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

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Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
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3
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.
Family-friendly places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in the exciting artwork at Michael Seebeck Gallery, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns day trip website .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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