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: Doncaster
+4
train + Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  36​h
1
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  9​h
2
Whitsunday Island
— 1 day
bus:  45​min
3
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
4
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  3​h 30​min
5
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  31​h
End: Doncaster

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
You'll get in some beach time at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Indian Head.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Fraser Island trip itinerary planner .

Doncaster, UK to Fraser Island is an approximately 36-hour combination of train, flight, car, and ferry. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, car, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Doncaster to Fraser Island is 10 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Doncaster in March, with highs in Fraser Island at 35°C and lows at 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

1
day
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then stroll through Whitehaven Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Whitsunday Island online sightseeing planner .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Whitsunday Island in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. March in Whitsunday Island sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

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

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 8th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 9th (Sat), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's much more to do: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, stroll through Airlie Beach Lagoon, and stop by Into The Blue Gallery.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Airlie Beach road trip planner.

You can take a bus from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In March, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Spend the 11th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach, take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina, get outside with Jetryder, and view the masterpieces at Hamilton Island Art Gallery.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hamilton Island trip planner .

Traveling by ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island takes an hour. In March in Hamilton Island, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina
Passage Peak ©
Passage Peak

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 14th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 15th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach, stop by With Sugar, relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, read Port Douglas travel site .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Hamilton Island to Port Douglas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Palm Cove Beach and Yorkeys Knob Beach. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Palm Cove to see Spas & Wellness about 30 minutes away. Spend the 18th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 20th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, and have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In March, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. On the 22nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Yorkeys Knob Beach, Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Yorkeys Knob Beach ©
Yorkeys Knob Beach

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