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 + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
1
Port Douglas
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
3
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Sydney

1
night
Port Douglas

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.
To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip itinerary builder website .

Sydney to Port Douglas is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and shuttle. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in January: high temperatures in Port Douglas hover around 37°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

2
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). There's still lots to do: enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cairns attractions planning tool .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In January, daytime highs in Cairns are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trip

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

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Whitsunday Island travel route planner.

Getting from Cairns to Whitsunday Island by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Whitsunday Island are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet

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