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How Long to Stay?

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How Long to Stay?


Just trying to plan my trip I really only (unfortunately) have 10-11 days for my trip to Australia in November which includes travel time bewteen the East Coast of America to Australi. 7 days 6 nights are already booked in Sydney but I need to figure out how long to stay in PD. I want to come up to Port Douglas to snorkel the GBR (already looking into wavelength). I had originally only planned for 2 nights in PD. First being an arrival from SYD at 4pm; and then snorkel the full 2nd day; stay that night; and then fly back to SYD the morning of the 3rd day. I'm thinking though I should try to alter my arrangements to spend a 3rd night in PD? This way we will have two full days available for snorkeling in the event of poor weather conditions. And to also have the opportunity to go to Kuranda or do something else that extra day?

I say all that to ask is 2 nights enough?? I can do a little switching of my nights in Sydney to allow for a 3rd night in PD.

I will also add; that I am flying to Cairns on the same day as my arrival from America. So I will have traveled over 24 hours in flights before checking in and probably wanting nothing more than to sleep that first night.


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1. Re: How Long to Stay?

I recommend staying the 3rd night, just so you feel a little better and get used to the time difference. The trip to the reef is generally a full day and with the snorkelling and sun you will be tired after a day of that also. If you are only snorkelling you will be fine to fly the next day however if you intend to dive it is recommended you don't fly for at least 24 hours after. A full day at the reef wont give you much time at all to see anything else.

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2. Re: How Long to Stay?

Thanks! We don't Dive so it will just be snorkeling. I'm leaning towards the 3 night as well...trying to research hotels/apartments now!

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3. Re: How Long to Stay?

If you are staying 3 nights, go to the Daintree and Mossman Gorge which are much closer to PD than Kuranda.

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4. Re: How Long to Stay?

Definitely stay 3 nights. You will probably be a jet lagged wreck for a few days after flying from the USA. We recently stayed in PD for 5 nights and I wish we had longer. There is so much to see and do. I agree that Daintree/Cape Trib is much better than Kurunda if you have to choose between them.

I assume you will be hiring a car?

We did a snorkel-only trip with Calypso. It was great.

Abs :)

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5. Re: How Long to Stay?

Stay in port Douglas as long as u can !! I full day on the reef .. 1 full day tour up to cape tribulation 1 day doing shopping / four mile beach / perhaps mossman gorge.. It's only 15 mins from PD .. Then visit silky oaks lodge for a cocktail if u have a car ? If u are in PD on a Sunday morning make sure u go to the market !

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