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: Melbourne
1
Townsville
— Few hours
Fly + shuttle:  3​h 45​min
2
Palm Cove
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h
3
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

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Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
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Melbourne to Townsville is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in April; daily highs in Townsville reach 35°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Palm Cove.

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The Strand ©
The Strand

2
nights
Palm Cove

Palm Cove ©
A small community of about 1,200 people, Palm Cove sits beside the clear blue waters of the South Pacific.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Palm Cove attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Townsville to Palm Cove takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in April, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Whitsunday Island.

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Port Douglas
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Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Spas & Wellness

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night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Whitsunday Island online road trip planner .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Palm Cove to Whitsunday Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Palm Cove in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Whitsunday Island, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet

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