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: Portland
Fly + shuttle:  25​h
1
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Portland

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On your second day here, stop by Funstuff by Lynda, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market Port Douglas, then meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and finally stroll through Four Mile Beach.

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Portland, USA to Port Douglas is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Portland to Port Douglas is 18 hours. Traveling from Portland in December, expect Port Douglas to be much hotter, temps between 88°F and 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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.
Bring the kids along to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and Palm Cove Beach. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. There's lots more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Night Markets, browse the exhibits of Bones and Jones, take a stroll around Tanks Arts Centre, and view the masterpieces at Doongal Aboriginal Art.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns online route planner .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Tanks Arts Centre, Smithfield Shopping Centre
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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