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if you only had 3 days...

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if you only had 3 days...

Hi,

Can anyone recommend a 3 day itinerary at GBR? We’re a mature family of three and have only 3 full days to spend around GBR. We’re thinking of flying from Melbourne to Cairns but this is not fixed.

Could someone recommend an itinerary that involves a tour of the reef, maybe even a scenic flight, some snorkelling, glass boat watching and a visit to some islands. Is it possible to visit any of the Whitsunday Islands?

Thanks,

Jay

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1. Re: if you only had 3 days...

cairns is a long way from the whitsundays.

but in cairns

day1: reef tour (it's an all day thing)

day 2: mossman gorge, daintree, cape trib

day3. atherton tablelands

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2. Re: if you only had 3 days...

Hi,

Do you mean three days? Or do you mean arrive one day, next full day and leave on day three? If this is the case Lady Elliot or Lady Musgrave Islands fit you needs.

Cheers,

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3. Re: if you only had 3 days...

The Whitsunday Islands are a long way from Cairns (about 650km). You can fly direct to Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays, but you wouldn't have time to do that if you only have 3 days in total.

A reef tour from Cairns (or Port Douglas) will take a whole day. Most tours provide snorkling and some provide glass bottom boats as well.

Another full day trip not to be missed is the Daintree rainforest region and Cape Tribulation. You can do this with an organised tour, or hire a car for the day and drive yourself. Self drive is the best way to go if feel up to driving, as you will get to see and do more things, and at your own pace. The roads are easily navigated and well sign posted. You could easily spend a couple of days exploring Daintree.

There are helicopter trips that take you over the Daintree and out over the reef - some land on an island for a picnic lunch.

From Cairns you can catch a ferry or tour boat to Green Island or Fitzroy Island.

You can also visit Kuranda - take the Scenic railway up, and the Skyrail cablecar back down. Spend the day (or half day) exploring Kuranda and surrounds.

www.pddt.com.au

www.kuranda.org

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4. Re: if you only had 3 days...

Hi,

With only 3 days you would be best to drop the Whitsundays. However; you can fly direct from Cairns to Hamilton Island if you want to visit. www.qantas.com.au

Day 1. - tour to the Great Barrier Reef

Day 2. - Drive up to Daintree National Park, Cape Tribulation & also drop into Port Douglas.

Day 3. - Visit Kuranda - afternoon relax by the pool !

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5. Re: if you only had 3 days...

I'd actually do the daintree trip first... that way if the sun bites on the reef you will have killed 2 of 3 choices.

No way with three days would you consider adding whits to cairns (like adding Greece to the south of France in terms of travel)

if budget isn't an issue try Daintree Air (could be Cooktown air ..sorry) PU and fly from CNS airport then, out to the reef on the seaplane then back to the daintree personalised tour so lots of $$ etc

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6. Re: if you only had 3 days...

Guys, thanks very much for all your replies.

Yes, after reading these and previous posts it makes sense to stay around Cairns and Port Douglas and book tours around there.

Jay

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