4 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

4 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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4 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Cairns
— 1 night
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

1
night
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.
On the 15th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral and then hike along Esplanade Boardwalk. On your second day here, get interesting insight from Tours.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns online trip itinerary maker .

Melbourne to Cairns is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in December; daily highs in Cairns reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

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Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

2
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.
On the 17th (Mon), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Adventure
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 18:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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