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: Kuala Lumpur
Fly + shuttle:  14​h
1
Port Douglas
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  4​h
2
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Cairns
— 3 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 24th (Tue), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then stroll through Four Mile Beach, and then stop by With Sugar. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Port Douglas trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

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 to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 2 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Kuala Lumpur in September, with highs in Port Douglas at 33°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 26th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then stroll through Whitehaven Beach.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Whitsunday Island online road trip planner .

Getting from Port Douglas to Whitsunday Island by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Port Douglas in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 17°C in Whitsunday Island. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

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

3
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.
Visit Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach for some beach relaxation. Spend the 27th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns tour builder site .

Getting from Whitsunday Island to Cairns by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in September, Cairns is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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