12 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

12 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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12 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Singapore
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  14​h 30​min
1
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
bus:  45​min
2
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  4​h
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Singapore

2
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 9th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 11th (Sun), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, look for gifts at Beach Book Boutique, go for a walk through Bicentennial Walkway, and enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach trip itinerary builder .

Singapore, Singapore to Airlie Beach is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Singapore to Airlie Beach. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Singapore in August; daily highs in Airlie Beach reach 26°C and lows reach 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

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

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Whitsunday Island trip itinerary maker site .

Take a bus from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island in an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Airlie Beach in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Whitsunday Island, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

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

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 13th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 15th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip itinerary app .

Getting from Whitsunday Island to Port Douglas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Whitsunday Island in August since evenings lows in Port Douglas dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can take a bus 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

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 16th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 18th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In August in Cairns, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens

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