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: Little Rock
Fly + shuttle:  29​h
1
Port Douglas
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  4​h
2
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  23​h 45​min
End: Little Rock

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at With Sugar, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Des Spencer Galleries.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas online day trip planner .

Little Rock, USA to Port Douglas is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, tram, flight, and shuttle. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 16 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Little Rock in April, with highs in Port Douglas at 85°F and lows at 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Whitsunday Island.

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
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Whitsunday Island trip maker tool .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Whitsunday Island takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Port Douglas in April, plan for little chillier nights in Whitsunday Island, with lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at St Monica's Cathedral and Village Gallery. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Palm Cove to see Palm Cove Beach about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Yorkeys Knob Beach and make a trip to Freshwater Station.

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You can fly from Whitsunday Island to Cairns in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in April, Cairns is a bit warmer at night with lows of 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Yorkeys Knob Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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