5 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

5 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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5 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 45​min
1
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Drive + ferry:  4​h 30​min
2
Magnetic Island
— 1 night
+4
ferry + bus + foot + Fly + shuttle:  4​h 30​min
3
Palm Cove
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
End: Sydney

2
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kayaking & Canoeing and Bicentennial Walkway. On the 9th (Tue), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef, look for gifts at Grotty Yachty Clothing, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Airlie Beach itinerary app .

Sydney to Airlie Beach is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Airlie Beach when traveling from Sydney in October, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

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Speed Boats Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing
Spas & Wellness

1
night
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take a memorable tour with Big Mama Sailing, then stroll through Geoffrey Bay, and then head off the coast to Magnetic Island Forts Walk.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Magnetic Island online travel route planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Airlie Beach to Magnetic Island takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry. In October, daily temperatures in Magnetic Island can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Palm Cove.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

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Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay

1
night
Palm Cove

Palm Cove ©
A small community of about 1,200 people, Palm Cove sits beside the clear blue waters of the South Pacific.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Palm Cove day trip planning website .

You can do a combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle from Magnetic Island to Palm Cove in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In October in Palm Cove, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Palm Cove

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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Spas & Wellness

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