14 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

14 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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14 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 15​min
1
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+4
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly + shuttle:  11​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
5
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Sydney

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
We've included these beaches for you: Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Indian Head.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Fraser Island trip maker app .

Sydney to Fraser Island is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight, ferry, and car. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and car. In October in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

2
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 19th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, stop by With Sugar, get great views at Trinity Bay Lookout, and look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas road trip tool .

Getting from Fraser Island to Port Douglas by combination of car, ferry, flight, and shuttle takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Fraser Island in October since evenings lows in Port Douglas dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
Visit Palm Cove Beach and Yorkeys Knob Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of Cairns to go to Palm Cove and see Spas, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, take a memorable tour with Tours, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In October, daytime highs in Cairns are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Yorkeys Knob Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Yorkeys Knob Beach ©
Yorkeys Knob Beach

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

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Getting from Cairns to Whitsunday Island by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Whitsunday Island when traveling from Cairns in October, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) 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

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): stop by Beach Book Boutique, then enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): see the world from above with a helicopter tour and then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach trip planner.

You can take a bus from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. When traveling from Whitsunday Island in October, plan for slightly colder days in Airlie Beach, with highs around 30°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Scuba & Snorkeling

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