I do want to see the GBR reef while I'm there - so I am planning a 3 day holiday on my own. I am leaning toward making Port Douglas my home base - rather than the Whitsundays. I was hoping to spend the other two days while not on the reef lounging pool or beachside - but it sounds like it will be too hot and too many jellyfish. Thoughts.
Also, Thala Lodge and Sheraton Mirage appeal for different reasons - any opinions on what might be best for a solo traveler (not too touristy or honeymoon-y)