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

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Fly, ferry  •  7 h 58 min

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

$175 - $487

1 alternative option

Bus, ferry  •  2 days 9 h

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

$381 - $717

Questions & Answers

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

The best way to get from Adelaide to Great Barrier Reef without a car is to bus and ferry which takes 2 days 9 h and costs .

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It takes approximately 7 h 58 min to get from Adelaide to Great Barrier Reef, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Adelaide Airport to Cairns Airport is the direct flight which takes 3 h.

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Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Qantas offer flights from Adelaide Airport to Cairns Airport.

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There are two+ hotels available in Great Barrier Reef. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Adelaide to Adelaide Airport is to bus which takes 18 min and costs .

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Map of how to get from Adelaide to Great Barrier Reef.
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  • Distance: 1343.2 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 58 min

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 walk to Cairns Airport, take the shuttle to Cairns, take the walk 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, Tennant Creek, Townsville, Cairns, Cairns, and Great Barrier Reef Green Island in around 2 days 9 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 55 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Flights from Adelaide to Cairns via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Flights from Adelaide to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
6 h 22 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Adelaide to Cairns via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$200 - $800
Flights from Adelaide to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
6 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $800
Flights from Adelaide to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday
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 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $650
Bus operators
Greyhound Australia

Greyhound Australia is the country’s only long distance bus operator running services in all states and territories. Greyhound Australia has been operating for 110 years and is the leading bus company in Australia. The extensive network now covers most of the Australian mainland and services more than 5 million passengers every year. Buses are equipped for the long journeys, with free WiFi, air-conditioning, full disability access, USB chargers in every seat and an on-board restroom.

Contact Details
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Adelaide to Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
20 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $210
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$120 - $180
Flexifare
$150 - $210
Bus from Alice Springs to Tennant Creek
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $75
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$40 - $60
Flexifare
$50 - $75
Bus from Tennant Creek to Townsville
Ave. Duration
19 h 40 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$120 - $220
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$120 - $180
Flexifare
$150 - $210
Bus from Townsville to Cairns
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$28 - $150
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$28 - $40
Flexifare
$35 - $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
$67
Schedules at
green-island.com.au

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