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: New Delhi
Fly + shuttle:  17​h 45​min
1
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: New Delhi

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Four Mile Beach and Safaris. Spend the 19th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas online tour planner .

New Delhi, India to Port Douglas is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from New Delhi to Port Douglas, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from New Delhi in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Port Douglas: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

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

4
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. Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Annie's Ladies Boutique & Palm Cove Beach). It doesn't end there: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planning website .

You can take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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