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: Newark
Fly + Drive:  27​h
1
Whitsunday Island
— 1 day
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Cairns
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  31​h
End: Newark

1
day
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Whitehaven Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Whitsunday Island online trip maker .

Newark, USA to Whitsunday Island is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Newark in August, with highs in Whitsunday Island at 77°F and lows at 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take a memorable tour with Tours and then hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cairns itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Whitsunday Island to Cairns takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Whitsunday Island in August since evenings lows in Cairns dip to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

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Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then stroll through Four Mile Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Palm Cove Beach, and then look for gifts at Coffee Works Port Douglas.

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Take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In August, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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