There are 4 ways to get from Canberra to Great Barrier Reef by plane, ferry, bus or train

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

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Fly from Canberra, ferry  •  9 h 41 min

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

$278 - $565

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Bus to Sydney, fly, ferry  •  10 h 56 min

  1. Take the bus from Canberra to Sydney Airport T1
  2. Fly from Sydney (SYD) to Cairns (CNS) SYD - CNS
  3. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$201 - $469

2 alternative options

Bus, train, ferry  •  46 h 17 min

  1. Take the bus from Canberra to Sydney
  2. Take the train from Central Station to Brisbane 31
  3. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Cairns Central Station
  4. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$330 - $512

Bus, ferry  •  2 days 6 h

  1. Take the bus from Canberra to Sydney
  2. Take the bus from Sydney to Brisbane
  3. Take the bus from Brisbane to Cairns
  4. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$340 - $502

Questions & Answers

The distance between Canberra and Great Barrier Reef is 2083 km.

The best way to get from Canberra to Great Barrier Reef without a car is to bus and train and ferry which takes 46 h 17 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 9 h 41 min to get from Canberra to Great Barrier Reef, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Canberra Airport to Cairns Airport. The quickest flight takes 4 h 55 min and has one stopover.

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Tigerair Australia, Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Qantas offer flights from Canberra 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 Canberra to Canberra Airport is to line 11 bus which takes 14 min and costs .

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Map of how to get from Canberra to Great Barrier Reef.
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  • Distance: 1302.1 miles
  • Duration: 9 h 41 min

What companies run services between Canberra, ACT, Australia and Great Barrier Reef?

There is no direct connection from Canberra to Great Barrier Reef. However, you can take the line 11 bus to Canberra Airport, take the walk to Canberra airport, fly to Cairns, take the walk to Cairns Airport, take the shuttle to Cairns, take the walk to Cairns City Bus Station Platform 1, take the line 110 bus to Spence St at Grafton St, 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 the bus to Sydney Airport T1, take the walk to Sydney airport, fly to Cairns, take the walk to Cairns Airport, take the shuttle to Cairns, take the walk to Cairns City Bus Station Platform 1, take the line 110 bus to Spence St at Grafton St, take the walk to Cairns, take the ferry to Great Barrier Reef Green Island, then take the walk to Great Barrier Reef.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Canberra to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 7 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $800
Flights from Canberra to Cairns via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
5 h 58 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $700
Flights from Canberra to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $850
Flights from Sydney to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $700
Flights from Sydney to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Canberra to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 51 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from Canberra to Cairns via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from Canberra to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from Sydney to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Flights from Sydney to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Canberra to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
6 h 7 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $420
Flights from Sydney to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $650
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Canberra to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $360
Flights from Sydney to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $650
Train operators
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Central Station to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
14 h 12 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90 - $130
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$90 - $130
1st Class
$120 - $180
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Brisbane Roma Street to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
24 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $270
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Queensland Rail Travel
A-Choice
$263
B-Quick
$145
Bus operators
Murrays Coaches
Phone
(61) 13 22 51
Email
reservations@murrays.com.au
Website
murrays.com.au
Bus from Canberra to Sydney Airport T1
Ave. Duration
3 h 14 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $45
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Murrays Coaches
Bus from Canberra to Sydney
Ave. Duration
3 h 29 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $45
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Murrays Coaches
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Sydney to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
17 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$100 - $140
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
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 Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
29 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $250
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$140 - $210
Flexifare
$170 - $250
Ferry operators
Green Island Adventures
Phone
(61) 7 4044 9944
Email
central_ga@quicksilvergroup.com.au
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
$65
Schedules at
green-island.com.au

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