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: Narrandera
Fly + Drive:  12​h
1
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  12​h
End: Narrandera

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.
On the 23rd (Mon), look for gifts at With Sugar, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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Narrandera to Port Douglas is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Narrandera in November since evenings lows in Port Douglas dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, 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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In November in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Cairns

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

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Whitsunday Island driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Whitsunday Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Whitsunday Island when traveling from Cairns in November, with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

3
nights
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.
On the 28th (Sat), stroll through Airlie Beach Lagoon and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Above & Below Photography Gallery, then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Airlie Beach trip itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. Another option is to ride a ferry. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in November, Airlie Beach is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

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

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