8 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

8 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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8 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  26​h
London

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 8th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

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London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Cairns due to the time zone difference. In January, Cairns is much warmer than London - with highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

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Palm Cove
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Esplanade Lagoon Pool

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): get interesting insight from Tours. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

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Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. January in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

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