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
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Townsville
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 45​min
5
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
bus:  45​min
6
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
End: Sydney

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Escape the urban bustle at Lake McKenzie and Seventy-Five Mile Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Indian Head and Eli Creek.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Fraser Island using our trip planner.

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, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Four Mile Beach. And it doesn't end there: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas road trip app .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, flight, and shuttle from Fraser Island to Port Douglas takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 21:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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 outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. Change things up with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove (about 32 minutes away). There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, stop by Annie's at the Beach, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cairns online holiday planner .

You can take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 24:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

1
night
Townsville

Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): kick back and relax at The Strand and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

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Fly from Cairns to Townsville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Townsville sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to catcht the bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
The Strand ©
The Strand

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.
On the 26th (Sat), stop by Beach Book Boutique, kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Daydream Island Living Reef and then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach road trip site .

Take a bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Townsville in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Daydream Island Living Reef
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 27:
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then stroll through Whitehaven Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Whitsunday Island trip planner .

You can take a bus from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island in an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Whitsunday Island when traveling from Airlie Beach in October, with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

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

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