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
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 15​min
1
Port Douglas
— 1 night
+4
shuttle + Fly + foot + bus + ferry:  5​h 30​min
2
Magnetic Island
— 1 day
ferry + Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
4
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
End: Sydney

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): look for gifts at With Sugar and then hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip itinerary site .

Sydney to Port Douglas is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in October, with highs in Port Douglas at 34°C and lows at 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

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Scuba & Snorkeling
Sunday Market Port Douglas ©
Sunday Market Port Douglas
With Sugar ©
With Sugar

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Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): tour the water at your own pace with Big Mama Sailing, kick back and relax at Geoffrey Bay, and then admire all the interesting features of Magnetic Island Forts Walk.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Magnetic Island trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry from Port Douglas to Magnetic Island takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, train, and ferry. In October in Magnetic Island, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

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Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay

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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): stop by Grotty Yachty Clothing, explore the activities along Heart Reef, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Airlie Beach trip planner .

Getting from Magnetic Island to Airlie Beach by combination of ferry and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus. When traveling from Magnetic Island in October, plan for slightly colder days in Airlie Beach, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Adventure
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef
Grotty Yachty Clothing ©
Grotty Yachty Clothing

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night
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): tee off at Hamilton Island Golf Club and then enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hamilton Island trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island by ferry takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. In October, daytime highs in Hamilton Island are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club

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