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: Newark
Fly + Drive:  27​h
1
Airlie Beach
— 1 day
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Cairns
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  31​h
End: Newark

1
day
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 24th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Airlie Beach day trip tool .

Newark, USA to Airlie Beach is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Airlie Beach is 15 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Newark in February; daily highs in Airlie Beach reach 85°F and lows reach 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
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 25th (Tue): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns travel route planning site .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in February, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 24 — 25:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Spas

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): stop by With Sugar, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. February in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 75°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
With Sugar ©
With Sugar

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