There are 2 ways to get from Adelaide to Great Barrier Reef by plane, ferry or bus

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly, ferry  •  6 h 36 min

  1. Fly from Adelaide (ADL) to Cairns (CNS) ADL - CNS
  2. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$178 - $492

1 alternative option

Bus, ferry  •  2 days 7 h

  1. Take the bus from Adelaide to Alice Springs
  2. Take the bus from Alice Springs to Townsville
  3. Take the bus from Townsville to Cairns
  4. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$398 - $710

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Adelaide to Great Barrier Reef is to fly and ferry which costs $240 - $700 and takes 6 h 36 min.

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The quickest way to get from Adelaide to Great Barrier Reef is to fly and ferry which costs $240 - $700 and takes 6 h 36 min.

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The distance between Adelaide and Great Barrier Reef is 2149 km.

It takes approximately 6 h 36 min to get from Adelaide to Great Barrier Reef, including transfers.

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What companies run services between Adelaide, SA, Australia and Great Barrier Reef?

There is no direct connection from Adelaide to Great Barrier Reef. However, you can take the bus to Stop 9A Hamra Dr - South side, take the walk to Adelaide airport, fly to Cairns, take the taxi to Cairns, take the ferry to Great Barrier Reef Green Island, then take the walk to Great Barrier Reef. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Adelaide to Great Barrier Reef via Alice Springs, Townsville, Cairns, Cairns, and Great Barrier Reef Green Island in around 2 days 7 h.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Adelaide to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $650
Flights from Adelaide to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Flights from Adelaide to Cairns via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Adelaide to Cairns via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
5 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $800
Flights from Adelaide to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
6 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $800
Flights from Adelaide to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Friday
Estimated price
$200 - $800
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Adelaide to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $650
Flights from Adelaide to Cairns via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
5 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $650
Flights from Adelaide to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $650
Bus operators
Greyhound Australia
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Adelaide to Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
20 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$130 - $220
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$130 - $190
Flexifare
$150 - $220
Bus from Alice Springs to Townsville
Ave. Duration
25 h 50 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$170 - $280
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$170 - $250
Flexifare
$200 - $280
Bus from Townsville to Cairns
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$29 - $150
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$29 - $45
Flexifare
$40 - $55
Ferry operators
Green Island Adventures
Website
green-island.com.au
Ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$69
Schedules at
green-island.com.au

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