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: London
Fly + shuttle:  26​h
1
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

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 1st (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 2nd (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and stop by With Sugar.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas online day trip planner .

London, UK to Port Douglas is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight, car, and ferry. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Port Douglas due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from London in March, with highs in Port Douglas at 36°C and lows at 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Cairns Cenotaph, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, then take in the exciting artwork at Michael Seebeck Gallery, and finally stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip planner.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. In March, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. You'll set off for home on the 6th (Wed).

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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