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: Toronto
Fly + shuttle:  30​h
1
Port Douglas
— 1 day
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Toronto

1
day
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 19th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas road trip planner .

Toronto, Canada to Port Douglas is an approximately 30-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight, car, and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, flight, and shuttle. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Toronto to Port Douglas due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in January, things will get much hotter in Port Douglas: highs are around 37°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

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Scuba & Snorkeling

3
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 20th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Village Gallery, kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planner .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. In January in Cairns, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Cairns

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Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 22:
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Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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