14 days in Great Barrier Reef & Daintree Region Itinerary

14 days in Great Barrier Reef & Daintree Region Itinerary

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14 days in Great Barrier Reef & Daintree Region Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
1
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, get great views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout, and head outdoors with Horses in Port.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas online trip itinerary maker .

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 October, expect Port Douglas to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge Centre, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

3
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Escape the urban bustle at Daintree National Park and Photography Tours. We've included these beaches for you: Thornton Beach and Myall Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cape Tribulation: Daintree Tea (in Daintree) and Daintree Discovery Centre (in Cow Bay). And it doesn't end there: hike along Dubuji Boardwalk, learn more about the world around you at Daintree Entomological museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Tribulation Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Tribulation trip planner .

Drive from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Daintree, Daintree Discovery Centre
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Photography Tours

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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, approximately 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, make a trip to Freshwater Station, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cairns holiday app .

Traveling by car from Cape Tribulation to Cairns takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Cairns, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

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

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Whitsunday Island tour planner .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Whitsunday Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairns in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Whitsunday Island, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Airlie Beach Lagoon. There's much more to do: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, race across the water with a speed boat tour, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and view the masterpieces at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Airlie Beach road trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach takes an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. When traveling from Whitsunday Island in October, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Airlie Beach: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

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

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