17 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

17 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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17 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Madrid
Fly:  26​h
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Whitsunday Island
— 6 nights
Fly + shuttle:  4​h
3
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  30​h
End: Madrid

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.
Get some cultural insight at Historic Village Herberton and St Monica's Cathedral. We've included these beaches for you: Trinity Beach and Yorkeys Knob Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Spas & Village Gallery). Spend the 14th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 16th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip itinerary builder app .

Madrid, Spain to Cairns is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Madrid to Cairns. In March, Cairns is much warmer than Madrid - with highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Historic Village Herberton, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

6
nights
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Whitsunday Island is known for beaches and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach, step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands National Park, and contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Whitsunday Island trip itinerary builder tool .

You can fly from Cairns to Whitsunday Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March in Whitsunday Island, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. You'll set off for Port Douglas on the 23rd (Mon).

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

4
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Four Mile Beach and Thornton Beach. Get some cultural insight at Daintree Discovery Centre and Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery. Spend the 24th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 23rd (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, head outdoors with Horses in Port, and get engrossed in the history at Port Douglas Court House Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip itinerary site .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Whitsunday Island to Port Douglas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Thornton Beach, Daintree Discovery Centre, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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