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: Manila, Luzon
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Cooktown
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
3
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  7​h 30​min
End: Manila, Luzon

2
nights
Cooktown

Cooktown ©
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. On the 21st (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Great Northern Tours, enjoy the sand and surf at Finch Bay, then admire all the interesting features of Cooktown War Memorial, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Grassy Hill.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cooktown trip itinerary builder app .

Manila, Philippines to Cooktown is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Philippines Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cooktown

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Grassy Hill ©
Grassy Hill
Finch Bay ©
Finch Bay
Great Northern Tours ©
Great Northern Tours

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.
Get in touch with nature at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Explore hidden gems such as Floravilla Ice Cream Factory & Art Gallery and With Sugar. Spend the 24th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 22nd (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas planner .

You can drive from Cooktown to Port Douglas in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Michaelmas Cay, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinity Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Cairns road trip site .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Trinity Beach
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Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

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