7 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

7 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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7 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
1
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
End: Sydney

3
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.
Spend the 16th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 18th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, and stop by With Sugar.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip itinerary planning tool .

Sydney to Port Douglas is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Sydney in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Port Douglas: highs are around 30°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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 19th (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, then let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, and then stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip planner .

You can take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In July, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Whitsunday Island online trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Whitsunday Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairns in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 13°C in Whitsunday Island. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

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

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