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: Sydney
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Sydney

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): hike along Esplanade Boardwalk. Keep things going the next day: have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns vacation planning app .

Sydney to Cairns is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in June, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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nights
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.
Spend the 11th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 12th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, stop by With Sugar, and learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas road trip planner .

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. June in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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