14 days in Great Barrier Reef & Daintree Itinerary

14 days in Great Barrier Reef & Daintree Itinerary

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14 days in Great Barrier Reef & Daintree Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
1
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Daintree
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Mossman Gorge Centre. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, stop by With Sugar, and admire all the interesting features of Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip itinerary planner.

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. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in October; daily highs in Port Douglas reach 34°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Daintree.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

3
nights
Daintree

Daintree ©
Daintree is a settlement in North Queensland 111km north of Cairns and 56km from Port Douglas, Queensland. Escape the urban bustle at Daintree National Park and Thornton Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Myall Beach and Cape Tribulation Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Daintree side-trips: Dubuji Boardwalk (in Cape Tribulation), Bloomfield Waterfall (in Bloomfield) and Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay). There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and admire the sheer force of Tranquility Falls.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Daintree journey builder tool .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Daintree in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Daintree

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Bloomfield Waterfall, Walu Wugirriga Lookout
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Spas in Palm Cove, about 30 minutes away. Spend the 24th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, admire the landmark architecture of Freshwater Station, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cairns tour itinerary website .

Drive from Daintree to Cairns in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. October in Cairns sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Whitsunday Island day trip planning app .

Fly from Cairns to Whitsunday Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairns in October, Whitsunday Island is a bit cooler at night with lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to catcht the bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

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

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes ZigZag Whitsundays, Helicopter Tours and Heart Reef. Visiting Waterskiing & Jetskiing and Catseye Beach will get you outdoors. There's more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and take in the pleasant sights at Bicentennial Walkway.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the 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 October, expect nights in Airlie Beach to be a bit warmer, around 24°C, while days are slightly colder, around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Catseye Beach
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
ZigZag Whitsundays ©
ZigZag Whitsundays

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