10 days in Great Barrier Reef & Blue Mountains Itinerary

10 days in Great Barrier Reef & Blue Mountains Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
3
Magnetic Island
— 1 night
4
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
5
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
6
Leura
— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Opal Reef. Keep things going the next day: stop by With Sugar, thenlearn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas online trip itinerary planner.

Melbourne to Port Douglas is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Melbourne in March, expect Port Douglas to be somewhat warmer, temps between °C and °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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 13th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): trek along Esplanade Boardwalk and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in March, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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night
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
On the 15th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Arthur Bay, get to know the fascinating history of Magnetic Island Forts Walk, thenkick back and relax at Geoffrey Bay, and finally head off the coast to Magnetic Island National Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Magnetic Island trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Cairns to Magnetic Island in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In March, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Magnetic Island Forts Walk ©
Magnetic Island Forts Walk
Magnetic Island National Park ©
Magnetic Island National Park
Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay

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): look for gifts at Beach Book Boutique, thenstroll through Airlie Beach Lagoon, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Airlie Beach travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Magnetic Island to Airlie Beach takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Beach Book Boutique ©
Beach Book Boutique

1
night
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Hamilton Island vacation planning site.

Traveling by ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island takes 1.5 hours. March in Hamilton Island sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Leura.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

2
nights
Leura

Leura is a suburb in the City of Blue Mountains local government area that is located west of the Sydney central business district in New South Wales, Australia. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, thenget great views at Echo Point Lookout, and then get great views at The Three Sisters. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Blue Mountains, thendon't miss a visit to Gallery Blackheath, and finally make a trip to Day FIne Art.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Leura attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Hamilton Island to Leura takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Hamilton Island in March, Leura is a bit cooler at night with lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Leura

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Katoomba, Blackheath, Wentworth Falls
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The Three Sisters ©
The Three Sisters

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