25 days in Great Barrier Reef & Gold Coast Region Itinerary

25 days in Great Barrier Reef & Gold Coast Region Itinerary

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25 days in Great Barrier Reef & Gold Coast Region Itinerary

Start: Bremen
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  35​h
1
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 45​min
2
Tamborine Mountain
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  4​h
3
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
4
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+3
ferry + foot + Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
5
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Bremen

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, beaches, outdoors, historic sites, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, tour the pleasant surroundings at Eli Creek, visit a coastal fixture at Sandy Cape Lighthouse, and kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Fraser Island online trip planner .

Bremen, Germany to Fraser Island is an approximately 35-hour combination of flight, car, and ferry. You can also do a combination of train, flight, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, car, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 9 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tamborine Mountain.

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
K'gari ©
K'gari

2
nights
Tamborine Mountain

Tamborine Mountain ©
Take a break from Tamborine Mountain with a short trip to Marian Valley - Shrine of Our Lady Help of Christians in Canungra, about 34 minutes away.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tamborine Mountain tour planning website .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Tamborine Mountain takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, train, and taxi; or do a combination of car, ferry, bus, and taxi. In May in Tamborine Mountain, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Tamborine Mountain

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Canungra
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Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens ©
Australian Outback Opals ©
Australian Outback Opals
Crystal Mountain ©
Crystal Mountain

3
nights
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Spend the 18th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands National Park, don't miss a visit to Passage Peak, stroll through Catseye Beach, and take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hamilton Island trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi, train, and flight from Tamborine Mountain to Hamilton Island takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi, train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Tamborine Mountain in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 24°C in Hamilton Island. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Whitsunday Islands National Park
Find places to stay May 17 — 20:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

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.
On the 21st (Thu), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. Spend the 22nd (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, look for gifts at Grotty Yachty Clothing, kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and take in the exciting artwork at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach holiday planner .

You can ride a ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. In May, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

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

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 24th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 25th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Port Douglas by combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in May, expect nights in Port Douglas to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay May 23 — 27:
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove (Spas & Wellness & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 28th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 30th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns online holiday planner .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay May 27 — Jun 1:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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