10 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

10 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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10 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  26​h
End: London

3
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.
Spend the 2nd (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 4th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns tour planner .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to Cairns, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from London in August, with highs in Cairns at 31°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
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.
Spend the 5th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 7th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and look for all kinds of wild species at Opal Reef.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Port Douglas vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. In August, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

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

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