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: San Francisco
Fly + shuttle:  25​h
1
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Four Mile Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Spend the 20th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip itinerary planning tool .

San Francisco, USA to Port Douglas is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of subway, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of flight, car, and ferry. Traveling from San Francisco to Port Douglas, you'll lose 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from San Francisco in May, with highs in Port Douglas at 82°F and lows at 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
Safaris

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.
On the 22nd (Tue), relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Palm Cove Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cairns trip planner .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in May, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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