11 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

11 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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11 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
1
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Sydney

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.
Spend the 21st (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 23rd (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, look for gifts at With Sugar, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip builder site .

Sydney to Port Douglas is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Sydney in April, things will get a bit warmer in Port Douglas: highs are around 34°C and lows about 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Cairns.

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

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 24th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 26th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns online trip planner .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In April, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Whitsunday Island journey 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 April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Whitsunday Island, with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

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

3
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.
Spend the 28th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 30th (Tue), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's lots more to do: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and take in the pleasant sights at Bicentennial Walkway.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Airlie Beach day trip planning app .

Traveling by bus from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach takes an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in April, Airlie Beach is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

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