9 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

9 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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9 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Alice Springs
Fly:  3​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  3​h 30​min
2
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h 15​min
3
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  4​h
4
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Alice Springs

2
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and Scuba & Snorkeling. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Palm Cove to see Palm Cove Beach about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk and pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cairns online trip planner .

Alice Springs to Cairns is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Alice Springs in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Cairns, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): get interesting insight from Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: race across the water with a speed boat tour.

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You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Cairns in April: highs in Airlie Beach hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then stroll through Whitehaven Beach.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Whitsunday Island trip maker .

Ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Airlie Beach in April, Whitsunday Island is slightly colder at night with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet

3
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.
Attractions like Safaris and Four Mile Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Mossman Gorge will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Port Douglas trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Whitsunday Island to Port Douglas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in April, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 27:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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