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:  6 h
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h
End: Sydney

3
nights
Cairns

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.
Visiting Safaris and Babinda Boulders will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Birdworld Kuranda and Michaelmas Cay. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Port Douglas to see Opal Reef about 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, and take in the dramatic scenery at Josephine Falls.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns online attractions planner .

Sydney to Cairns is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In December, Cairns is somewhat warmer than Sydney - with highs of 88°F and lows of 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Birdworld Kuranda, Babinda Boulders
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 15:
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Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay
Opal Reef ©
Opal Reef
Shark Diving

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