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: York
Fly:  36​h
1
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + train:  9​h 30​min
2
Townsville
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
3
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
4
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
5
Cairns
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + train:  30​h
End: York

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Eli Creek and then enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Fraser Island online driving holiday planner .

York, UK to Fraser Island is an approximately 36-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from York to Fraser Island is 10 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Fraser Island can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Townsville.

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
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

2
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.
On the 30th (Thu), head off the coast to Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, then kick back and relax at The Strand, and then take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary.

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Do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Townsville in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Fraser Island in August, Townsville is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow time for the bus ride to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary

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.
Spend the 2nd (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and look for gifts at Beach Book Boutique.

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Take a bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Townsville in August: highs in Airlie Beach hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

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

2
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 4th (Tue): go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Hamilton Island route planner.

Ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In September, daytime highs in Hamilton Island are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

#Parks
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Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

6
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Palm Cove Beach, & more). Spend the 6th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 9th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, and have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

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You can fly from Hamilton Island to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hamilton Island in September: highs in Cairns hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

3
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 11th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 14th (Fri) exploring nature at Mowbray National Park. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and stroll through Four Mile Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas trip builder tool .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In September, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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