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: Singapore
Fly:  13​h
1
Magnetic Island
— 1 day
ferry + Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
3
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Singapore

1
day
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): choose your vessel at Big Mama Sailing, then stroll through Geoffrey Bay, and then get to know the fascinating history of Magnetic Island Forts Walk.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Magnetic Island vacation planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Magnetic Island is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 2 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Singapore in April; daily highs in Magnetic Island reach 35°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

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Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): explore the activities along Heart Reef, take in the pleasant sights at Bicentennial Walkway, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Airlie Beach trip maker .

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Magnetic Island to Airlie Beach takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Traveling from Magnetic Island in April, you will find days in Airlie Beach are little chillier (31°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

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Kayaking & Canoeing
Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef
Bicentennial Walkway ©
Bicentennial Walkway

2
nights
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina and then kick back and relax at Catseye Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Hamilton Island online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island by ferry takes about an hour. April in Hamilton Island sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, identify plant and animal life at Birdworld Kuranda, and then stroll through Trinity Beach.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary maker website .

You can fly from Hamilton Island to Cairns in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Traveling from Hamilton Island in May, expect nights in Cairns to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Kuranda, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Birdworld Kuranda ©
Birdworld Kuranda
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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