3 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

3 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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3 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
1
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
End: Sydney

1
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.
On the 8th (Sat), get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas planner .

Sydney to Port Douglas is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in June: high temperatures in Port Douglas hover around 30°C and lows are around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

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Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planner .

Take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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