9 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

9 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Great Barrier Reef itinerary planner
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Whitsunday Island
— 2 nights
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Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mossman
— 1 night
Drive
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Cairns
— 3 nights
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Whitsunday Island — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then stroll through Whitehaven Beach.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Whitsunday Island route planner.

Sydney to Whitsunday Island is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in January, you will find days in Whitsunday Island are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Airlie Beach.
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Airlie Beach — 2 nights

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 7th (Sat), take a leisurely stroll along Shute Harbour, then look for gifts at Whitsunday Opals, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach online trip itinerary builder.

You can take a bus from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach in 1.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In January, daytime highs in Airlie Beach are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Mossman.
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Mossman — 1 night

Mossman is a town and a locality in Far North Queensland, Australia, on the Mossman River. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge Centre, and then pick up some local products at Mossman Saturday Market.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Mossman day trip site.

Getting from Airlie Beach to Mossman by car takes about 8.5 hours. January in Mossman sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Cairns.
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Cairns — 3 nights

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Historic Village Herberton and St Monica's Cathedral. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, approximately Palm Cove away. The adventure continues: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinity Beach, admire the masterpieces at Samurai Gallery Australia, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip planner.

Getting from Mossman to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.
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