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
1
Palm Cove
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Cooktown
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Magnetic Island
— 1 day
ferry + Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Sydney

1
night
Palm Cove

Palm Cove ©
A small community of about 1,200 people, Palm Cove sits beside the clear blue waters of the South Pacific.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Palm Cove Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Palm Cove visit planner .

Sydney to Palm Cove is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in September, with highs in Palm Cove at 33°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Cooktown.

Things to do in Palm Cove

Parks Outdoors Beaches

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Four Mile Beach
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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Cooktown

Cooktown ©
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): enjoy the sea views from Grassy Hill, contemplate the long history of Cooktown History Centre, view the masterpieces at Eliabeth Guzsely Gallery, then get engrossed in the history at James Cook Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Finch Bay.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cooktown travel route builder .

You can drive from Palm Cove to Cooktown in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Cooktown

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Grassy Hill ©
Grassy Hill
James Cook Museum ©
James Cook Museum
Finch Bay ©
Finch Bay

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Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): choose your vessel at Big Mama Sailing, tour the pleasant surroundings at Geoffrey Bay, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Magnetic Island Forts Walk.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Magnetic Island trip app .

Explore your travel options from Cooktown to Magnetic Island with the Route module. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Outdoors Adventure Wildlife
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Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay

2
nights
Airlie Beach

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 27th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef, take a tour by water with Cumberland Charter Yachts, and then view the masterpieces at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop. On your second day here, stop by Whitsunday Opals, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Magnetic Island to Airlie Beach in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Magnetic Island in September: highs in Airlie Beach hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef
Kayaking & Canoeing
Spas & Wellness

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