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: Brisbane
Fly:  3​h 15​min
1
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
2
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 15​min
3
Cooktown
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Townsville
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Brisbane

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night
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 18th (Mon), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Hamilton Island Art Gallery, and then get your game on at Sports Club.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hamilton Island holiday planning app .

Brisbane to Hamilton Island is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Brisbane in November since evenings lows in Hamilton Island dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Hamilton Island Art Gallery ©
Hamilton Island Art Gallery
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sports Club ©
Sports Club

1
night
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
On the 20th (Wed), view the masterpieces at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then take in the exciting artwork at Above & Below Photography, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Airlie Beach trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in November, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cooktown.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Adventure Outdoors Tours
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Above & Below Photography Gallery ©
Above & Below Photography Gallery
Spas & Wellness

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day
Cooktown

Cooktown ©
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take an in-depth tour of James Cook Museum, don't miss a visit to Grassy Hill, then steep yourself in history at Cooktown History Centre, and finally identify plant and animal life at Great Northern Tours.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cooktown trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Airlie Beach to Cooktown. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cooktown

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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): view the masterpieces at Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts, explore the galleries of Pinnacles Gallery, stop by CoffeeWorks, then take in the exciting artwork at The Drill Hall Studio, and finally view the masterpieces at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Townsville attractions planning app .

Explore your travel options from Cooktown to Townsville with the Route module. November in Townsville sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Townsville

Shopping Museums
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The Drill Hall Studio ©
The Drill Hall Studio
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery ©
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts ©
Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts

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