17 days in Perth & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

17 days in Perth & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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17 days in Perth & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Pittsburgh
Fly:  34​h
1
Perth
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  8​h
2
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
5
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
Drive + ferry:  4​h 30​min
6
Magnetic Island
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  31​h
End: Pittsburgh

1
night
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): explore the activities along Swan River, look for all kinds of wild species at Caversham Wildlife Park, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden. On the next day, steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, steep yourself in history at Fremantle Prison, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cottesloe Beach, and finally pause for some photo ops at Kings Park War Memorial.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Perth trip itinerary maker .

Pittsburgh, USA to Perth is an approximately 34-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 13 hours traveling from Pittsburgh to Perth. While traveling from Pittsburgh, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Perth, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Cottesloe Beach, Fremantle Prison, Caversham Wildlife Park
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, then meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas trip builder app .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Perth to Port Douglas takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Perth to Port Douglas, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Perth in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Port Douglas: highs are around 78°F and lows about 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

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

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Trinity Beach. Kids will enjoy Palm Cove Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip planner .

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In July, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

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

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nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Catseye Beach, view the masterpieces at Hamilton Island Art Gallery, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sun): play a few rounds at Hamilton Island Golf Club, then take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina, and then make a trip to Passage Peak.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hamilton Island travel route builder website .

Getting from Cairns to Hamilton Island by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. When traveling from Cairns in July, plan for little chillier days in Hamilton Island, with highs around 71°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can catch the ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Hamilton Island Art Gallery ©
Hamilton Island Art Gallery

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. Family-friendly places like Whitehaven Beach and Airlie Beach Lagoon will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef, and go for a walk through Bicentennial Walkway.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Airlie Beach tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach by ferry takes about an hour. In July, daytime highs in Airlie Beach are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

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

2
nights
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): get a new perspective on things with Big Mama Sailing, choose your vessel at Pilgrim Sailing, and then get to know the fascinating history of Magnetic Island Forts Walk. On the next day, kick back and relax at West Point, take an in-depth tour of Magnetic Island Museum, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally stroll through Geoffrey Bay.

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Do a combination of car and ferry from Airlie Beach to Magnetic Island in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Traveling from Airlie Beach in July, expect nights in Magnetic Island to be a bit cooler, around 59°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay
Fishing Charters & Tours
Pilgrim Sailing ©
Pilgrim Sailing

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