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: Cairns
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Cairns
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
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Mission Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
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Cooktown
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
End: Cairns

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Cairns

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): head off the coast to Michaelmas Cay and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip planner .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airport is Cairns International Airport. In July, daytime highs in Cairns are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Mission Beach.

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Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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Mission Beach

Mission Beach ©
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Mission Beach online tour builder .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Mission Beach takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cooktown.

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Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Skydiving

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Cooktown

Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. On the 6th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of James Cook Museum, then contemplate the long history of Cooktown History Centre, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally make a trip to Grassy Hill.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cooktown tour itinerary planning app .

Getting from Mission Beach to Cooktown by car takes about 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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James Cook Museum ©
James Cook Museum
Grassy Hill ©
Grassy Hill

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