no reef at fraser.
but there is rainforest and some of the most pristine beaches and freshwater lakes u have ever seen.
reef starts a little to the north around the town of 1770.
the rainforest to the north in cairns is completely different. and u get to see the reef as well from there.
so i guess if u have to choose between the two, cairns should be your destination.
pity to miss fraser tho
First thing you need to know is, Fraser Island is not part of the GBR. Lady Elliot Island which is approximately a 100+kilometres north of Fraser Island is the most southerly part of the GBR.
Fraser Island and GBR are chalk and cheese in comparison, yes Fraser Is has rainforest but it is unlike the rainforests of Far North Queensland.
If you want to see Fraser Island and the GBR, split your tour, spend some time at Fraser Is, and the rest at Lady Elliot Is. Both are magnificent in their own right.
Some links below to assist.
Hope this helps.
Safe travels - Robert
Thanks Rob! Going to see GBR is my dream and found some forums saying that Fraser is the same. Moreover, it is closer to Gold Coast (my landed airport). That is the reason why I include 2 days to Fraser in my itinerary and 3 days in Cairns. After doing all the research, I find going to Fraser is quite expensive and it seems quite similar with Cairns. Therefore, I may change my plan to spend some more time in Cairns.
Here is my original itnerary :
June 27 - arrive Gold coast airport at 8am; whale watching, skypoint, Infinity
June 28 - dream world
June 29 - natural bridge, Gallery Walk at Tamborine Mountain, Southbank Markets - night market
July 1 - fraser island tour
July 2 - fraser island, drive back to Brisbane
July 3 - arrival in cairns - great barrier reef
July 4 - great barrier reef tour
July 5 - kuranda tour
July 6 - depart from cairns and back to Gold coast, harbour town outlet
July 7 - depart in the morning, check out and head to GC airport
It's hard for me to say this as I have been to Fraser 30+ times, but I would miss Fraser and go straight to Cairns from Brisbane. Maybe split the 2 days retrieved, 1 extra day Gold Coast and 1 extra day Far North Queensland to see the Daintree.
Cairns is nice, but if you rent a vehicle, Port Douglas and Palm Cove are fantastic.
Safe travels - Robert
Your itinerary is too rushed.
If your main intention is to see the reef, then you could also just fly north to the Whitsundays and do your reef trip there, maybe a bit cheaper than flying all the way to Cairns.
You could do Dreamworld and Harbour town in the same day.
Thanks again Bob and Surfoz for your valuable advices! Will need to make some changes now :) Honestly, I love both places. However, with only 2 weeks times, I can only go somewhere cover the most. :)
Yes, I agree with the above posts.. you are trying to fit too much into a short available time....
It is worth noting in addition to the above comments that Lady Elliot Island is the southern gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, and as an avid diver (and dive master) who has dived all the east coast I can honestly say Lady Elliot Island has some of the best tourist accessible reef on the east coast.
The tropical rainforest is a completely different rainforest experience as mentioned by other posters. Whilst you do not have time to do both, they are both worthy of a visit.
Wow.. what a decision !!
Lady Elliott / Lady Misgrave & Heron Island are all absolutely gorgeous. We have sailed around them & IMO they are just as good or even better than Nth GBR.
I would cut these two days listed below out & add the 2 days onto Port Douglas so you can see The World Heritage Listed Daintree Rainforest.
(June 29 - natural bridge, Gallery Walk at Tamborine Mountain, Southbank Markets - night market -
Hi Rob and Ellemay,
Thanks so much for your valuable suggestions! You guys are so kind! Going to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary mainly to entertain my kids! Since my 6 years old can't dive, I have to give up sometime for him. I think I need to do some more research on Daintree and Port in order to figure out whether I should fly to Cairns (spend another $1000 for flights)!