When deciding our itinerary, the amount of time we had available meant that we needed to choose between doing the Whitsunday Islands or the Great Barrier Reef. As incredible as the Whitsunday’s looked (I couldn’t stop looking at photos online), there was something even more exciting about the chance to visit the Great Barrier Reef and after all, who knew how long left we had to see it? After lots of research, I settled on a base of Port Douglas, an hour’s drive from Cairns where we would be flying to from Sydney, a quick domestic flight of roughly three hours.
Our Airbnb was a spacious apartment that sat within the Hibiscus Hotel & Spa, whose facilities we were able to access. It was a lovely and clean with Balinese inspired décor and two gorgeous pools with floating bean bags, which were the comfiest things and we proceeded to spend our first day floating around on, preparing for our final week.