There is 1 way to get from Darwin to Great Barrier Reef by plane or ferry

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Fly, ferry  •  8 h 45 min

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

$219 - $532

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The distance between Darwin and Great Barrier Reef is 1696 km.

It takes approximately 8 h 45 min to get from Darwin to Great Barrier Reef, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Darwin Airport to Cairns Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 30 min.

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Jetstar, Qantas and Airnorth offer flights from Darwin 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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Map of how to get from Darwin to Great Barrier Reef.
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  • Distance: 1060 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 45 min

What companies run services between Darwin, NT, Australia and Great Barrier Reef?

There is no direct connection from Darwin to Great Barrier Reef. However, you can take the line 10 bus to Trower Rd 051, take the bus to Charles Eaton Dr, take the walk to Darwin 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 Darwin to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $950
Flights from Darwin to Cairns via Gove
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Flights from Darwin to Cairns via Townsville
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Darwin to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $1,100
Airnorth
Website
flyairnorth.com
Flights from Darwin to Cairns via Gove
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
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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