14 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

14 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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

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Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 24th (Wed), head off the coast to Whitsunday Islands National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Whitsunday Island trip app.

Sydney to Whitsunday Island is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In June, Whitsunday Island is somewhat warmer than Sydney - with highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

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Airlie Beach

Gateway to the Whitsundays

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 26th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then explore the activities along Heart Reef, and finally explore the galleries of Above & Below Photography Gallery.

Find out how to plan Airlie Beach trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Getting from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Airlie Beach, with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Adventure · Beaches
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef

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Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 27th (Sat), get outside with Jetryder, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina. On the next day, tee off at Hamilton Island Golf Club, then take in the exciting artwork at Hamilton Island Art Gallery, and then don't miss a visit to Passage Peak.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hamilton Island sightseeing planner.

Ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island in 2 hours. June in Hamilton Island sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Golf
Find places to stay Jun 26 — 28:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Passage Peak ©
Passage Peak
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

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Cairns

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). Spend the 29th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 1st (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, browse the exhibits of Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns, pause for some photo ops at Cairns Cenotaph, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary planning site.

Fly from Hamilton Island to Cairns in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hamilton Island in June: highs in Cairns hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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

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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.
Spend the 3rd (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, get great views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout, don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Port Douglas trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of Tropical Queensland, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at The Strand, steep yourself in history at Kissing Point Fort, then make a trip to Jezzine Barracks, and finally go for a walk through Castle Hill.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Townsville online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Port Douglas to Townsville takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Port Douglas in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Townsville, with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 7:
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Scuba & Snorkeling
Castle Hill
Castle Hill