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: Melbourne
Fly:  5​h
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Mossman
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h
3
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove (about 32 minutes away). The adventure continues: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Cairns travel route website .

Melbourne to Cairns is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect Cairns to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Mossman.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

1
night
Mossman

Mossman is a town and a locality in Far North Queensland, Australia, on the Mossman River. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Mossman online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Mossman takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Mossman

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Safaris
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Safaris

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach road trip website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mossman to Airlie Beach. In December, daytime highs in Airlie Beach are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Whitehaven Beach.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Whitsunday Island route planner.

You can ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Airlie Beach in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Whitsunday Island, with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet

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