5 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

5 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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5 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Seattle
+3
shuttle + subway + Fly + shuttle:  28​h
1
Port Douglas
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + subway + shuttle:  24​h
End: Seattle

1
day
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 9th (Thu), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas day trip app .

Seattle, USA to Port Douglas is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to Port Douglas is 18 hours. In August in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

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Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens and then explore and take pictures at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool and then trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns online route planner .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in August, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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