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: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Drive + Fly:  33​h
1
Hamilton Island
— 1 day
ferry:  1​h
2
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 15​min
3
Cooktown
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico

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day
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): tee off at Hamilton Island Golf Club and then enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hamilton Island trip itinerary maker app .

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Hamilton Island is an approximately 33-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from San Juan to Hamilton Island. In November in Hamilton Island, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club

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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 15th (Fri), stop by Grotty Yachty Clothing, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Bicentennial Walkway.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach trip itinerary app .

Traveling by ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach takes an hour. In November in Airlie Beach, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cooktown.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Bicentennial Walkway ©
Bicentennial Walkway
Spas

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Cooktown

Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. On the 16th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Cooktown History Centre, then get engrossed in the history at James Cook Museum, then visit a coastal fixture at Grassy Hill, and finally cast your line with a fishing tour.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cooktown tour itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Airlie Beach to Cooktown. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cooktown

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Grassy Hill ©
Grassy Hill
James Cook Museum ©
James Cook Museum

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Port Douglas

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): stop by With Sugar, take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout, then hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas, then don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, and finally explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas travel route planning tool .

Traveling by car from Cooktown to Port Douglas takes 3.5 hours. November in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Shopping
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Sunday Market Port Douglas ©
Sunday Market Port Douglas
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel ©
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel
With Sugar ©
With Sugar

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nights
Cairns

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 18th (Mon): observe the fascinating underwater world at Cairns Aquarium, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, then step off the mainland to explore Michaelmas Cay, and finally pause for some photo ops at Cairns Cenotaph. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones, then explore and take pictures at Gallo DairyLand, then look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands, and finally look for gifts at Australian Leather Company.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cairns road trip site .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In November in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands
Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay
Cairns Aquarium ©
Cairns Aquarium

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