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
Whitsunday Island
— Few hours
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Sydney

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Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Whitsunday Island visit planning app .

Sydney to Whitsunday Island is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in June: high temperatures in Whitsunday Island hover around 28°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

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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.
Relax by the water at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda) and Spas (in Palm Cove). Spend the 9th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cairns planning app .

Traveling by flight from Whitsunday Island to Cairns takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Cairns, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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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.
Spend the 12th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 14th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge, and experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas online tour itinerary builder .

Take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge
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Safaris
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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