8 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

8 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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8 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Mexico City
Fly + shuttle:  29​h
1
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Mexico City

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.
Spend the 13th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 14th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip itinerary builder app .

Mexico City, Mexico to Port Douglas is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 16 hours. Traveling from Mexico City in December, expect nights in Port Douglas to be much hotter, around 26°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

3
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove (about 32 minutes away). Spend the 16th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the striking features of Freshwater Station, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 18:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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