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

4
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and Village Gallery. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk will get you outdoors. Step out of Cairns to go to Palm Cove and see Palm Cove Beach, which is approximately 32 minutes away. Spend the 4th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: take in the exciting artwork at Underart Gallery, explore the galleries of Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns, explore the world behind art at Samurai Gallery Australia, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Blue Sky Brewery.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns journey planner .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Cairns is 10 hours. Traveling from London in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 30°C and lows about 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

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Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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.
Get in touch with nature at Four Mile Beach and Opal Reef. Ngarru Gallery and Port Douglas Court House Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Spend the 9th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 7th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, stop by Moonglow Jewellery, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and view the masterpieces at Studio 49 Artisan Gallery.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In July, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

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

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