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: Dubai
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Dubai

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 19th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cairns sightseeing planning site .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Cairns is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Dubai in October: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 34°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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.
Spend the 22nd (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 23rd (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge, and stroll through Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas tour planner .

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In October, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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