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: Sydney
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
1
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Sydney

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas tour itinerary planner.

Sydney to Port Douglas is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Sydney in August, things will get a bit warmer in Port Douglas: highs are around 31°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 2:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Sunday Market Port Douglas ©
Sunday Market Port Douglas

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Village Gallery and Michael Seebeck Gallery. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Rusty's Market and Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns. Spend the 4th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 3rd (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take a stroll around Tanks Arts Centre, take in the exciting artwork at Underart Gallery, and learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by bus from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In September in Cairns, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Tanks Arts Centre, Village Gallery
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 6:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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