9 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

9 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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9 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Singapore
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  14​h 30​min
1
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
2
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  4​h
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Singapore

1
night
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): browse the exhibits of Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then take in the exciting artwork at Above & Below Photography Gallery.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Airlie Beach is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Time (SGT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 2 hours. December in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then stroll through Whitehaven Beach.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Whitsunday Island vacation planning site .

Traveling by bus from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island takes an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Airlie Beach in December since evenings lows in Whitsunday Island dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven 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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, beaches, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Whitsunday Island to Port Douglas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cairns online itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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