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: Tokyo
Fly + shuttle:  12​h 45​min
1
Port Douglas
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Cooktown
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Magnetic Island
— 1 day
+2
ferry + bus + Fly:  3​h
4
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Tokyo

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip builder site .

Tokyo, Japan to Port Douglas is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tokyo to Port Douglas due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in November; daily highs in Port Douglas reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cooktown.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Adventure
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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Cooktown

Cooktown ©
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at James Cook Museum, visit a coastal fixture at Grassy Hill, contemplate the long history of Cooktown History Centre, then look for all kinds of wild species at Great Northern Tours, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Finch Bay.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cooktown trip planner .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cooktown in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Cooktown

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites
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Grassy Hill ©
Grassy Hill
James Cook Museum ©
James Cook Museum
Great Northern Tours ©
Great Northern Tours

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Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
On the 20th (Tue), choose your vessel at Big Mama Sailing, tour the water at your own pace with Pilgrim Sailing, and then get to know the fascinating history of Magnetic Island Forts Walk.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Magnetic Island online trip builder .

Explore your travel options from Cooktown to Magnetic Island with the Route module. November in Magnetic Island sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
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Pilgrim Sailing ©
Pilgrim Sailing

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night
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 21st (Wed): head off the coast to Michaelmas Cay and then explore the world behind art at Samurai Gallery Australia.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cairns online tour planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Magnetic Island to Cairns in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Nature, #Wildlife, #Parks
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Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay
Samurai Gallery Australia ©
Samurai Gallery Australia

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