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: Melbourne
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

3
nights
Cairns

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nautilus Aviation as well as Divers Den. Spend the 29th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns route planner .

Melbourne to Cairns is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Melbourne in June: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 30°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

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Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens

3
nights
Port Douglas

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.
You've now added Calypso Reef Cruises to your itinerary. Spend the 2nd (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip itinerary planner .

Take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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