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: Seattle
+2
shuttle + subway + Fly:  24​h
1
Cairns
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h
3
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+4
bus + taxi + Fly + subway + shuttle:  25​h
End: Seattle

1
night
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 14th (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Cairns day trip tool .

Seattle, USA to Cairns is an approximately 24-hour combination of shuttle and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to Cairns is 18 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Seattle in November: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 87°F and lows are around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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 16th (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in November, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 18th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Whitsunday Island holiday planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Whitsunday Island in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect little chillier evenings in Whitsunday Island when traveling from Port Douglas in November, with lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Tue): race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip planner .

Ride a ferry from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach in 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Whitsunday Island in November since evenings lows in Airlie Beach dip to 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

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