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

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Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Whitehaven Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Whitsunday Island vacation planner .

Sydney to Whitsunday Island is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in April; daily highs in Whitsunday Island reach 32°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven 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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Here are some ideas for day two: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach, then stop by Annie's Ladies Boutique, and finally kick back and relax at Yorkeys Knob Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planner .

Fly from Whitsunday Island to Cairns in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Cairns when traveling from Whitsunday Island in April, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Yorkeys Knob Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Yorkeys Knob Beach ©
Yorkeys Knob Beach

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nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. In April, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

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