8 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

8 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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Hamilton Island
— 1 night
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
4
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night

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 21st (Thu): tee off at Hamilton Island Golf Club and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, make a trip to Passage Peak, then enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach, and then get outside with Jetryder.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hamilton Island day trip planning website.

Sydney to Hamilton Island is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Traveling from Sydney in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Hamilton Island, with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Opal Reef. Next up on the itinerary: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Hamilton Island to Port Douglas takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and shuttle. January in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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 26th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Wed): hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cairns vacation planner.

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January in Cairns, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 27:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then stroll through Whitehaven Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Whitsunday Island tour planner.

Fly from Cairns to Whitsunday Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Whitsunday Island sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 28:
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet

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