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: Sydney
Fly:  4​h
1
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Cairns
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Cooktown
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Sydney

1
night
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then don't miss a visit to Passage Peak. Keep things going the next day: play a few rounds at Hamilton Island Golf Club and then kick back and relax at Catseye Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hamilton Island trip maker site .

Sydney to Hamilton Island is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in May, with highs in Hamilton Island at 28°C and lows at 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Passage Peak ©
Passage Peak
Spas & Wellness

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.
On the 5th (Sun), browse the eclectic array of goods at Rusty's Market, look for gifts at Australian Leather Company, then identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Doongal Aboriginal Art.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planning site .

You can fly from Hamilton Island to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. When traveling from Hamilton Island in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Cairns, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Shopping
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Rusty's Market ©
Rusty's Market
Doongal Aboriginal Art ©
Doongal Aboriginal Art

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 6th (Mon): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): stop by With Sugar, kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, stop by Coffee Works, then don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market Port Douglas.

Before you visit Port Douglas, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cooktown.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
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Safaris
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel ©
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel
Sunday Market Port Douglas ©
Sunday Market Port Douglas

1
night
Cooktown

Cooktown ©
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): kick back and relax at Finch Bay, then get engrossed in the history at James Cook Museum, and then make a trip to Grassy Hill.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cooktown itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cooktown takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cooktown

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Finch Bay ©
Finch Bay
James Cook Museum ©
James Cook Museum

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