4 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

4 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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4 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Manila, Luzon
Fly:  18​h
1
Airlie Beach
— 1 day
ferry:  1​h
2
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
3
Cairns
— 1 day
Fly + bus:  7​h 30​min
End: Manila, Luzon

1
day
Airlie Beach

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 (Sun), explore the activities along Heart Reef, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then take in the pleasant sights at Bicentennial Walkway, and finally look for gifts at Beach Book Boutique.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip planner .

Manila, Philippines to Airlie Beach is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Manila to Airlie Beach due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manila in October, expect Airlie Beach to be a bit cooler, temps between 30°C and 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

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Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef
Spas & Wellness
Bicentennial Walkway ©
Bicentennial Walkway

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 22nd (Mon): tee off at Hamilton Island Golf Club and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Catseye Beach.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hamilton Island trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In October, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club

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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 23rd (Tue): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns online trip planner .

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 October: highs in Cairns hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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