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: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + shuttle:  30​h
1
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
2
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  23​h 30​min
End: New York City

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Safaris and Four Mile Beach. Do your shopping at Sunday Market Port Douglas and Funstuff by Lynda. Spend the 3rd (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, look for gifts at Coffee Works, take in the exciting artwork at Des Spencer Galleries, and make a trip to Janbal Gallery.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas itinerary maker tool .

New York City, USA to Port Douglas is an approximately 30-hour combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Port Douglas is 15 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from New York City in November: high temperatures in Port Douglas hover around 87°F and lows are around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Janbal Gallery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): browse the different shops at Smithfield Shopping Centre and then take a stroll around Tanks Arts Centre.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip maker 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. November in Cairns sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Shopping

Side Trips

Smithfield Shopping Centre, Tanks Arts Centre
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Tanks Arts Centre ©
Tanks Arts Centre
Smithfield Shopping Centre ©
Smithfield Shopping Centre

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