6 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

6 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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6 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  6​h
1
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
2
Cooktown
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Mission Beach
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  8​h
End: Melbourne

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night
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.
On the 16th (Tue), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop, then tour the water at your own pace with Cumberland Charter Yachts, and then explore the activities along Heart Reef.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach online travel route planner .

Melbourne to Airlie Beach is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. When traveling from Melbourne in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Airlie Beach, with highs around 30°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Cooktown.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Adventure
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef

few
hours
Cooktown

Cooktown ©
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): enjoy the sea views from Grassy Hill, then get engrossed in the history at James Cook Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Finch Bay, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Great Northern Tours.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cooktown online trip itinerary planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Airlie Beach to Cooktown. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cooktown

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Museums
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Finch Bay ©
Finch Bay
James Cook Museum ©
James Cook Museum

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.
On the 19th (Fri), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach, and then view the masterpieces at Ngarru Gallery.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Cooktown to Port Douglas in 3.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trip

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

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night
Mission Beach

Mission Beach ©
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
On the 21st (Sun), view the masterpieces at Helen Wiltshire Gallery and then stroll through Mission Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Mission Beach journey builder app .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Mission Beach takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mission Beach

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Helen Wiltshire Gallery ©
Helen Wiltshire Gallery

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