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: Kuala Lumpur
Fly + shuttle:  14​h
1
Port Douglas
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  4​h
2
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

1
night
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.
On the 26th (Mon), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach, do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, then stroll through Four Mile Beach, and finally look for gifts at With Sugar.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip planner .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Port Douglas is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 2 hours. November in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Adventure

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Whitsunday Island day trip app .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Whitsunday Island in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Port Douglas in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Whitsunday Island, with lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

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

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 29th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool and then trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cairns attractions app .

You can fly from Whitsunday Island to Cairns in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Adventure
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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