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: Sydney
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 15​min
1
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+4
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly + shuttle:  11​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
End: Sydney

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
We've included these beaches for you: Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek. Visiting Lake McKenzie and Central Station Rainforest will get you outdoors.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Fraser Island road trip site .

Sydney to Fraser Island is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight, ferry, and car. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and car. October in Fraser Island sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

2
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Safaris and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Spend the 7th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: stop by With Sugar.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas sightseeing planning tool .

Do a combination of car, ferry, flight, and shuttle from Fraser Island to Port Douglas in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Fraser Island in October since evenings lows in Port Douglas dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then stroll through Palm Cove Beach, and then trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cairns travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. October in Cairns sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 11th (Sun), explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Whitsunday Island trip itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Cairns to Whitsunday Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairns in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Whitsunday Island, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

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

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