6 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

6 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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6 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
1
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  4​h 45​min
3
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Sydney

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): stop by Coffee Works and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas vacation planner.

Sydney to Port Douglas is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in December, with highs in Port Douglas at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): get interesting insight from Tours. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, and then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cairns road trip planning site .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Adventure
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach route planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Wildlife Adventure Tours
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling

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