5 Day Great Barrier Reef Drive Itinerary - Cairns to Cape Tribulation

Take one of the world’s great coastal drives, winding between World Heritage areas and stopping to taste adventure, timeless culture and a glorious tropical lifestyle! The Great Barrier Reef Drive from Cairns to Cape Tribulation is along spectacular coastline hugging two World Heritage Listed areas, the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics rainforest. As you journey north, explore the Cairns Northern Beaches, Port Douglas, the Great Barrier Reef and through to the Wet Tropics Daintree, including Mossman Gorge, Daintree Village, the mighty Daintree River and Cape Tribulation, where the rainforest meets the reef.


Palm CovePalm Cove
Ellis BeachEllis Beach
Wangetti BeachWangetti Beach
Rex LookoutRex Lookout
Pebbly BeachPebbly Beach
Mowbray ValleyMowbray Valley
Port DouglasPort Douglas
Cairns to Port Douglas

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas along the Great Barrier Reef Drive, stopping at isolated, tropical beaches and chic seaside villages along the Coral Sea.

Four Mile BeachFour Mile Beach
Crystalbrook Superyacht MarinaCrystalbrook Superyacht Marina
Sugar WharfSugar Wharf
Rex Smeal ParkRex Smeal Park
Flagstaff Hill LookoutFlagstaff Hill Lookout
Port Douglas

Explore the chic, seaside village of Port Douglas on the Great Barrier Reef Drive. Take in the iconic landmarks of Four Mile Beach and the Sugar Wharf and uncover lesser-known local secrets up in the hills of the Mowbray Valley.

Crystalbrook Superyacht MarinaCrystalbrook Superyacht Marina
Low IslesLow Isles
Great Barrier ReefGreat Barrier Reef
Port Douglas to Great Barrier Reef

Port Douglas is the closest mainland port to explore the Great Barrier Reef, making it the ideal launch pad to begin your underwater odyssey on your Great Barrier Reef Drive journey.

Four Mile BeachFour Mile Beach
Mossman GorgeMossman Gorge
Newell BeachNewell Beach
Wonga BeachWonga Beach
Daintree VillageDaintree Village
Port Douglas to Daintree Village

Explore the Great Barrier Reef Drive from Port Douglas to Daintree Village. Immerse yourself in the indigenous culture at Mossman Gorge, explore the nearby valley areas and discover the local inhabitants of the Daintree River, before settling in at the township of Daintree Village.

Myall BeachMyall Beach
Dubuji BoardwalkDubuji Boardwalk
Thornton BeachThornton Beach
Cow BayCow Bay
Cape KimberleyCape Kimberley
Palm CovePalm Cove
Cape Tribulation to Cairns

The return journey of the Great Barrier Reef Drive from Cape Tribulation to Cairns passes through ancient rainforest, along the Coral Sea and unspoiled tropical beaches.

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