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: Philadelphia
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  33​h
1
Airlie Beach
— 1 day
ferry:  1​h
2
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 30​min
3
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  25​h
End: Philadelphia

1
day
Airlie Beach

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 26th (Tue), explore the activities along Heart Reef and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Airlie Beach day trip planning website .

Philadelphia, USA to Airlie Beach is an approximately 33-hour flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Airlie Beach due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Philadelphia in March: high temperatures in Airlie Beach hover around 83°F and lows are around 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Tours
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Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef
Kayaking & Canoeing

1
night
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hamilton Island travel app .

You can ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. In March, daily temperatures in Hamilton Island can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

#Golf, #Outdoors, #Spas
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Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Passage Peak ©
Passage Peak
Spas & Wellness

1
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.
For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns vacation planning website .

Fly from Hamilton Island to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In March in Cairns, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Parks, #Nature
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