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

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Fly, ferry  •  8 h 2 min

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

$181 - $500

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The distance between Melbourne and Great Barrier Reef is 2343 km.

It takes approximately 8 h 2 min to get from Melbourne to Great Barrier Reef, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Melbourne Airport to Cairns Airport is the direct flight which takes 3 h 10 min.

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Tigerair Australia, Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Qantas offer flights from Melbourne 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 Melbourne to Melbourne Airport is to bus which takes 20 min and costs .

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Map of how to get from Melbourne to Great Barrier Reef.
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  • Distance: 1464.5 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 2 min

What companies run services between Melbourne, VIC, Australia and Great Barrier Reef?

There is no direct connection from Melbourne to Great Barrier Reef. However, you can take the bus to Melbourne Airport T1 Skybus/Arrival Dr, take the walk to Melbourne 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 Melbourne to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $650
Flights from Melbourne to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Flights from Melbourne to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Melbourne to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $550
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Melbourne to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Melbourne to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Melbourne to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $550
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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