15 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

15 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: George Town, Penang Island
Fly:  15 h 45 min
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
2
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Bus:  45 min
3
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+3
Ferry + Foot + Fly + Shuttle:  5 h 45 min
4
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  15 h 45 min
End: George Town, Penang Island

4
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.
Step out of Cairns to go to Palm Cove and see Palm Cove Beach, which is approximately 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns sightseeing planning tool.

George Town, Malaysia to Cairns is an approximately 15- hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from George Town to Cairns. Traveling from George Town in September, plan for little chillier nights in Cairns, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Whitsunday Island trip planner.

You can fly from Cairns to Whitsunday Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, train, and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in September, plan for little chillier nights in Whitsunday Island, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to catch 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.
Go for a jaunt from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island to see Hamilton Island Marina about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get interesting insight from Tours, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and stop by Beach Book Boutique.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Airlie Beach route maker app.

Getting from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach by bus takes about an hour. Other options: ride a ferry. While traveling from Whitsunday Island, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Airlie Beach, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Hamilton Island Marina
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

5
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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, head outdoors with Horses in Port, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas holiday planner.

You can do a combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle from Airlie Beach to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in September, you will find days in Port Douglas are somewhat warmer (33°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). On the 15th (Sun), you're off to home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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