14 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

14 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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14 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Salt Lake City
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h
3
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
4
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  23​h
End: Salt Lake City

3
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.
Spend the 3rd (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 5th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, appreciate the history behind Cairns Cenotaph, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cairns trip planning app .

Salt Lake City, USA to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Salt Lake City to Cairns is 17 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Salt Lake City in February; daily highs in Cairns reach 88°F and lows reach 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

4
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.
Spend the 7th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 8th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, take some stellar pictures from Trinity Bay Lookout, see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas visit planner .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In February, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Whitehaven Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Whitsunday Island trip itinerary maker tool .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Whitsunday Island in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in February, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to catcht 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.
Spend the 12th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 14th (Fri), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Airlie Beach online vacation maker .

Getting from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach by bus takes about an hour. Other options: ride a ferry. In February, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

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