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:  4​h
1
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
2
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
Drive + ferry:  4​h 30​min
3
Magnetic Island
— 1 night
+3
ferry + bus + foot + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Sydney

2
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Hamilton Island Marina. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Catseye Beach, get outside with Jetryder, and make a trip to Passage Peak.

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

Sydney to Hamilton Island is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Traveling from Sydney in April, expect Hamilton Island to be somewhat warmer, temps between 31°C and 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Passage Peak ©
Passage Peak
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

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.
On the 14th (Sun), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then take in the pleasant sights at Bicentennial Walkway, and finally look for gifts at Grotty Yachty Clothing.

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Traveling by ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach takes an hour. April in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

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Kayaking & Canoeing
Bicentennial Walkway ©
Bicentennial Walkway
Spas & Wellness

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Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): get a new perspective on things with Big Mama Sailing, enjoy the sand and surf at Geoffrey Bay, and then get to know the fascinating history of Magnetic Island Forts Walk.

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Do a combination of car and ferry from Airlie Beach to Magnetic Island in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Airlie Beach in April: highs in Magnetic Island hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

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Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay

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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.
On the 16th (Tue), let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then stop by Australian Leather Company. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then appreciate the history behind Cairns Cenotaph.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Magnetic Island to Cairns takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

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Balloon Rides
Cairns Cenotaph ©
Cairns Cenotaph
Australian Leather Company ©
Australian Leather Company

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