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: Melbourne
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
1
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Douglas: Cape Tribulation (Marrdja Botanical Walk & Daintree National Park), Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay) and Daintree Tea (in Daintree). Spend the 3rd (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 4th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and head outdoors with Horses in Port.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas route maker app .

Melbourne to Port Douglas is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Melbourne in August, plan for much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Port Douglas: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge Centre, Walu Wugirriga Lookout, Daintree Tea
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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 8th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns journey planner .

Traveling by bus from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. On the 9th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens
Munro Martin Parklands ©
Munro Martin Parklands

3
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Spend the 10th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina, enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach, browse the exhibits of Hamilton Island Art Gallery, and get outside with Jetryder.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hamilton Island tour itinerary maker .

Fly from Cairns to Hamilton Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Cairns in August, you will find days in Hamilton Island are little chillier (26°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina
Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Art Gallery ©
Hamilton Island Art Gallery

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