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Day trip (or two day) from Sydney to Cairns..tour group?

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Day trip (or two day) from Sydney to Cairns..tour group?

Hi Guys! Looking to find a "packaged" deal for a day trip or two from Sydney to Cairns..great Barrier Reef snorkeling. Any "packaged" deal stuff out there? Like a flight to and from with a boat out to the Reef and a one night hotel stay? I realize its too far to drive in a day and back..no rail either, correct? The cheaper the better so I'm open for ideas! But I'd only have 48 hours to spend there at most.

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1. Re: Day trip (or two day) from Sydney to Cairns..tour group?

Hi! I politely suggest you stay around Sydney at this stage. It is a good 3 hour flight to Cairns oneway about 2,500 kms. It would be like flying from Boston to Orlando! Perhaps post your proposed itinerary so we can provide alternative/realistic suggestions to help you.

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2. Re: Day trip (or two day) from Sydney to Cairns..tour group?

Hi! I politely suggest you stay around Sydney at this stage. It is a good 3 hour flight to Cairns oneway about 2,500 kms. It would be like flying from Boston to Orlando! Perhaps post your proposed itinerary so we can provide alternative/realistic suggestions to help you.

Best Regards

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3. Re: Day trip (or two day) from Sydney to Cairns..tour group?

Typical packages are 3 nights in Port Douglas (fly into Cairns). A trip out to snorkle on the GBR takes all day so realistically you need at least 2 nights in Cairns.

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4. Re: Day trip (or two day) from Sydney to Cairns..tour group?

First flight of the day from Sydney doesn't arrive in Cairns until just after 9 am which is too late to get on a boat out to the reef.

Last flight of the day back to Sydney leaves Cairns at 6 pm which is too early to catch after a full day on the reef.

So a two night stay is an absolute minimum if you want a full day out on the reef.

It also seems a shame to go so far and not take the opportunity to see all the other things the Cairns area has to offer.

You may squeeze it in if you go to Lady Elliot Island (further south) instead of Cairns.

Edited: 10 August 2014, 13:31
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