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: Melbourne
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Mossman
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Townsville
— Few hours
End: Melbourne

3
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 15th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: get outside with Esplanade Lagoon Pool, get lost in a book at Cairns Library, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cairns road trip tool .

Melbourne to Cairns is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in March, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mossman.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

1
night
Mossman

Mossman ©
Mossman is a town and a locality in Far North Queensland, Australia, on the Mossman River. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, and then take a memorable tour with Shaolin Junk Cruises.

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Getting from Cairns to Mossman by car takes about 1.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Mossman

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Shaolin Junk Cruises
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Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

few
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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.
For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Townsville day trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Mossman to Townsville with the Route module. In March in Townsville, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Townsville

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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The Strand ©
The Strand

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