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


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.
On the 21st (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Earl Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cairns online trip planner .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to Cairns, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from London in August, with highs in Cairns at 31°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Adventure

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Earl Hill
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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.
Get in touch with nature at Safaris and Horses in Port. Spend the 24th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Four Mile Beach, look for gifts at With Sugar, and meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas online travel planner .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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