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

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Recommended option

Fly, ferry  •  7 h 25 min

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

$221 - $535

1 alternative option

Bus, ferry  •  42 h 49 min

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

$312 - $579

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Darwin to Great Barrier Reef is to fly and ferry which costs $300 - $750 and takes 7 h 25 min.

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The quickest way to get from Darwin to Great Barrier Reef is to fly and ferry which costs $300 - $750 and takes 7 h 25 min.

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

It takes approximately 7 h 25 min to get from Darwin to Great Barrier Reef, including transfers.

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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 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 Darwin to Great Barrier Reef via Tennant Creek, Townsville, Cairns, Cairns, and Great Barrier Reef Green Island in around 42 h 49 min.

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 52 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 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
Bus operators
Greyhound Australia
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Darwin to Tennant Creek
Ave. Duration
14 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$80 - $140
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$80 - $120
Flexifare
$100 - $140
Bus from Tennant Creek to Townsville
Ave. Duration
19 h 5 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$130 - $220
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$130 - $190
Flexifare
$150 - $220
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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