15 days in Kimberley Region & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

15 days in Kimberley Region & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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15 days in Kimberley Region & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  6​h
1
Broome
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Derby
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h
3
Kununurra
— 1 day
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 30​min
4
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
5
Cairns
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  4​h 45​min
6
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  6​h
End: Melbourne

1
night
Broome

Broome ©
A relaxed town of tree-shaded streets and scenic coastal stretches, Broome gained renown as a center of the pearling industry in the late 19th century.
On the 2nd (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Diocese of Broome and then kick back and relax at Cable Beach. On your second day here, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Broome road trip planning app .

Melbourne to Broome is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Broome due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in August, expect nights in Broome to be a bit warmer, around 17°C, while days are much hotter, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Derby.

Things to do in Broome

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Cable Beach ©
Cable Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
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Derby

Derby ©
Derby is a town in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. On the 4th (Sun), explore the world behind art at Norval Gallery, make a trip to Boab Prison Tree, then view the masterpieces at Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Galvans Gorge.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Derby online road trip planner .

Getting from Broome to Derby by car takes about 2.5 hours. In August in Derby, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Kununurra.

Things to do in Derby

Museums Nature Parks
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Norval Gallery ©
Norval Gallery
Boab Prison Tree ©
Boab Prison Tree
Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre ©
Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre

1
day
Kununurra

Kununurra ©
A visit to Kununurra will give you a true sense of the pioneering Australia spirit and the nomadic life.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Waringarri Aboriginal Arts, then cool off at El Questro Wilderness Park, then explore the activities along Ord River, and finally don't miss a visit to Ivanhoe Crossing.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kununurra trip planner.

You can drive from Derby to Kununurra in 9.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Traveling from Derby in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Kununurra, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Kununurra

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Waringarri Aboriginal Arts ©
Waringarri Aboriginal Arts
Ivanhoe Crossing ©
Ivanhoe Crossing

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.
Spend the 6th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 8th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, get outside with Horses in Port, and stroll through Four Mile Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Kununurra to Port Douglas in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Kununurra to Port Douglas is 2 hours. When traveling from Kununurra in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Port Douglas, with highs around 31°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

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

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Kayaking & Canoeing & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 10th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 12th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary builder app .

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In August, daytime highs in Cairns are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

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

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.
On the 14th (Wed), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. Spend the 15th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, look for gifts at Grotty Yachty Clothing, and kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Airlie Beach online road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Cairns in August: highs in Airlie Beach hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

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