60 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

60 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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60 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Dallas
+4
bus + Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  29​h
1
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
2
Agnes Water
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Rockhampton
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + train:  5​h 30​min
4
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Airlie Beach
— 8 nights
ferry:  1​h
6
Hamilton Island
— 4 nights
ferry + bus:  4​h 30​min
7
Townsville
— 6 nights
ferry:  30​min
8
Magnetic Island
— 4 nights
ferry + Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Mission Beach
— 2 nights
10
Port Douglas
— 9 nights
11
Cairns
— 9 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Dallas

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek. Get outdoors at Lake McKenzie and Indian Head.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Fraser Island trip planner .

Dallas, USA to Fraser Island is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to Fraser Island is 16 hours. When traveling from Dallas in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Fraser Island, with highs around 73°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Agnes Water.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

2
nights
Agnes Water

Agnes Water ©
Visiting Deepwater National Park and Agnes Water Main Beach will get you outdoors. Spend the 9th (Sun) exploring nature at Eurimbula National Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Agnes Water tour itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Fraser Island to Agnes Water with the Route module. In June in Agnes Water, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Agnes Water

Parks Nature Beaches
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Eurimbula National Park ©
Eurimbula National Park
Horizons Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
Horizons Kangaroo Sanctuary
1770 Distillery ©
1770 Distillery

6
nights
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Farnborough Beach and Yeppoon Main Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Coastal Funk and Yeppoon Central Shopping Centre. Get out of town with these interesting Rockhampton side-trips: Yeppoon (Wreck Point Scenic Lookout, Yeppoon Lagoon, & more). Spend the 12th (Wed) exploring nature at Eubenangee Swamp National Park. There's lots more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Rockhampton Art Gallery, do some two-wheel cruising with Alkoomi Adventure Farm, identify plant and animal life at Capricorn Caves, and explore the striking landscape of Mount Etna Caves National Park.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Rockhampton day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Agnes Water to Rockhampton in 3 hours. Traveling from Agnes Water in June, Rockhampton is slightly colder at night with lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Yeppoon, Eubenangee Swamp National Park
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Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves
Alkoomi Adventure Farm ©
Alkoomi Adventure Farm
Mount Etna Caves National Park ©
Mount Etna Caves National Park

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Whitehaven Beach. On your second day here, step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands National Park.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Whitsunday Island planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Rockhampton to Whitsunday Island takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in June, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet

8
nights
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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Speed Boats Tours will get you outdoors. Relax by the water at Whitehaven Beach and Airlie Beach Lagoon. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Airlie Beach: Bowen (Mother Beddock Rock, Grays Bay, & more). Next up on the itinerary: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, tour the water at your own pace with Cumberland Charter Yachts, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and get interesting insight from Whitsunday Boat Hire.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach online route planner .

Traveling by ferry from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach takes 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Whitsunday Island in June since evenings lows in Airlie Beach dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Bowen
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

4
nights
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Jetryder. And it doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at Hamilton Island Art Gallery, play a few rounds at Hamilton Island Golf Club, enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Wild life Hamilton Island.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hamilton Island trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island takes an hour. In June, daily temperatures in Hamilton Island can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Wild life Hamilton Island ©
Wild life Hamilton Island

6
nights
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Billabong Sanctuary. Head to Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts and The Drill Hall Studiofor some retail therapy. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at The Strand, head off the coast to Museum of Tropical Queensland, view the masterpieces at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, and hike along Many Peaks Walking Track.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Townsville day trip tool .

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Hamilton Island to Townsville in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Traveling from Hamilton Island in June, expect nights in Townsville to be a bit cooler, around 60°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Scuba & Snorkeling
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

4
nights
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Do your shopping at Magnetic Island Museum and Horseshoe Bay Markets. Step out of the city life by going to Big Mama Sailing and Magnetic Island Forts Walk.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Magnetic Island tour planner .

Magnetic Island is just a short distance from Townsville. In July in Magnetic Island, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Pilgrim Sailing ©
Pilgrim Sailing
Fishing Charters & Tours
Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay

2
nights
Mission Beach

Mission Beach ©
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
On the 11th (Thu), kick back and relax at Mission Beach, then browse the exhibits of Helen Wiltshire Gallery, and then cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): see what you can catch with a fishing tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Etty Bay.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Mission Beach visit site .

Getting from Magnetic Island to Mission Beach by combination of ferry and car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trip

Etty Bay
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Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Etty Bay ©
Etty Bay
Fishing Charters & Tours

9
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and Palm Cove Beach. Do your shopping at Sunday Market Port Douglas and Village Gallery. Explore Port Douglas' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Kayaking & Canoeing & Spas & Wellness). Spend the 13th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 15th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: stroll through Four Mile Beach, view the masterpieces at Des Spencer Galleries, explore the galleries of Ngarru Gallery, and meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Mission Beach to Port Douglas takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In July, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Mossman, Ellis Beach, Mossman Gorge
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

9
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.
Do your shopping at Rusty's Market and Cairns Central Shopping Centre. Relax by the water at Yorkeys Knob Beach and Nudey Beach. Spend the 22nd (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 23rd (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in the exciting artwork at Doongal Aboriginal Art, buy something for everyone on your list at Stockland Cairns Shopping Centre, and explore the galleries of Michael Seebeck Gallery.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. In July, daytime highs in Cairns are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Shopping

Side Trips

Edge Hill, Smithfield Shopping Centre, Yorkeys Knob Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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