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

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.
Visit St Monica's Cathedral and McLeod Street Pioneer Cemetery for their historical value. Bring the kids along to Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach. Step out of Cairns to go to Palm Cove and see Village Gallery, which is approximately 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones, browse the exhibits of Underart Gallery, and admire the masterpieces at KickArts Contemporary Arts.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cairns attractions website .

Fresno, USA to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 18 hours. Traveling from Fresno in June, expect nights in Cairns to be about the same, around 66°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 79°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Palm Cove Beach
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St Monica's Cathedral

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.
Bring the kids along to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery and Des Spencer Galleries. Spend the 22nd (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. It doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at Ngarru Gallery and take an in-depth tour of Port Douglas Court House Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 65°F. On the 24th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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