22 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

22 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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22 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 15​min
1
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+4
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly + shuttle:  11​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Townsville
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
5
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
bus:  45​min
6
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
End: Sydney

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, beaches, outdoors, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, don't miss a visit to K'gari, stroll through Seventy-Five Mile Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Eli Creek.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Fraser Island tour itinerary builder site .

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. Traveling from Sydney in August, expect nights in Fraser Island to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Central Station Rainforest ©
Central Station Rainforest

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.
Spend the 15th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: admire all the interesting features of Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, identify plant and animal life at Agincourt Reef, and explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip planning website .

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. In August, Port Douglas is a bit warmer than Fraser Island - with highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

5
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.
Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, get interesting insight from Tours, and hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip 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 August, daytime highs in Cairns are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Townsville is known for beaches, wildlife, nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand, don't miss a visit to Riverway, take in the exciting artwork at The Drill Hall Studio, and go for a walk through Castle Hill.

Plan trip to Townsville with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can fly from Cairns to Townsville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Cairns in August since evenings lows in Townsville dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Scuba & Snorkeling
Castle Hill
Castle Hill

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.
Airlie Beach is known for adventure, wildlife, beaches, spas, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, view the masterpieces at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Airlie Beach online tour planner .

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 August, plan for a bit cooler days in Airlie Beach, with highs around 26°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

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

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

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Traveling by bus from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island takes an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Airlie Beach in August, expect little chillier with lows of 13°C in Whitsunday Island. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

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

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