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: Colombo
+3
bus + foot + Fly + shuttle:  17​h
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Cairns
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  16​h 30​min
End: Colombo

2
nights
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 3rd (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas travel planner .

Colombo, Sri Lanka to Port Douglas is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight, car, and ferry. Traveling from Colombo to Port Douglas, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Colombo in August; daily highs in Port Douglas reach 31°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

1
night
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 5th (Sun): stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cairns sightseeing planner .

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. August in Cairns sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 20°C at night. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Trails

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

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