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
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Hamilton Island
— Few hours
ferry:  1​h
2
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
Drive + ferry:  4​h 30​min
3
Magnetic Island
— 1 night
+3
ferry + bus + foot + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

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Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): head outdoors with Jetryder and then enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hamilton Island trip itinerary planning app .

Melbourne to Hamilton Island is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Traveling from Melbourne in November, expect nights in Hamilton Island to be much warmer, around 26°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 33°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): stop by Beach Book Boutique, go for a walk through Bicentennial Walkway, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally get interesting insight from Tours.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip builder .

Traveling by ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach takes an hour. In November, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Adventure Outdoors Tours
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Spas & Wellness
Bicentennial Walkway ©
Bicentennial Walkway

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night
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): kick back and relax at Geoffrey Bay, explore and take pictures at Magnetic Island Forts Walk, and then tour the water at your own pace with Big Mama Sailing.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Magnetic Island trip itinerary site .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Airlie Beach to Magnetic Island takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In November in Magnetic Island, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Outdoors Wildlife Adventure
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Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay

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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 15th (Thu): meet the residents at Cairns Aquarium and then look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then step off the mainland to explore Michaelmas Cay.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Cairns online trip maker .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Magnetic Island to Cairns takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In November, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Spas & Wellness
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Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay
Spas & Wellness
Cairns Aquarium ©
Cairns Aquarium

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