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: Mildura
Fly + shuttle:  8​h 15​min
1
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  4​h 45​min
3
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  7​h
End: Mildura

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 21st (Wed): look for gifts at Coffee Works. On the next day, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip planner .

Mildura to Port Douglas is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Mildura in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Port Douglas, with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Coffee Works ©
Coffee Works

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 24th (Sat): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Cairns trip builder app .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. In November, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Adventure Wildlife
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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 26th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Airlie Beach vacation builder .

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. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in November, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Adventure Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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