3 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

3 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Great Barrier Reef vacation planner
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Airlie Beach
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Whitsunday Island
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Cairns
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Airlie Beach — 1 day

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach trip itinerary builder.

Melbourne to Airlie Beach is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Melbourne, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Airlie Beach, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Whitsunday Island.
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Whitsunday Island — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet, kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Whitsunday Islands National Park.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Whitsunday Island trip itinerary builder tool.

You can take a bus from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island in 1.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Traveling from Airlie Beach in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Whitsunday Island, with lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Cairns.
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Cairns — 1 night

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Fitzroy Island Adventures as well as Sunlover Reef Cruises. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): head outdoors with Fitzroy Island Adventures and then see some colorful creatures with Sunlover Reef Cruises.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Whitsunday Island to Cairns takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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