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There are 5 ways to get from Newcastle to Great Barrier Reef by plane, ferry, train or bus

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 Newcastle, ferry  •  9h 28m

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

$217 - $400

Cheapest option

Train to Sydney, fly, ferry  •  10h 21m

  1. Take the train from Newcastle Interchange to Central Station
  2. Fly from Sydney (SYD) to Cairns (CNS) SYD - CNS
  3. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$197 - $461

3 alternative options

Train, ferry  •  39h 34m

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

$288 - $452

Bus Greyhound Australia, ferry  •  46h 11m

  1. Take the bus from Newcastle to Brisbane Roma Street
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane to Cairns
  3. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$279 - $747

Bus Premier Motor Service, ferry  •  2 days 2h

  1. Take the bus from Charlestown to Brisbane
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane to Cairns Central Station
  3. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$289 - $446

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Newcastle to Great Barrier Reef is to fly and ferry which costs $300 - $600 and takes 9h 28m.

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The quickest way to get from Newcastle to Great Barrier Reef is to fly and ferry which costs $300 - $600 and takes 9h 28m.

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The distance between Newcastle and Great Barrier Reef is 1890 km.

The best way to get from Newcastle to Great Barrier Reef without a car is to train and ferry which takes 39h 34m and costs $400 - $650.

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It takes approximately 9h 28m to get from Newcastle to Great Barrier Reef, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Newcastle Airport to Cairns Airport. The quickest flight takes 4h 30m and has one stopover.

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Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Qantas offer flights from Newcastle 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 Newcastle to Newcastle Airport is to line 136 bus which takes 27m and costs $3 - $5.

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Map of how to get from Newcastle to Great Barrier Reef.
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  • Distance: 1181.1 miles
  • Duration: 9h 28m

What companies run services between Newcastle, NSW, Australia and Great Barrier Reef?

There is no direct connection from Newcastle to Great Barrier Reef. However, you can take the line 136 bus to Newcastle Airport, take the walk to Newcastle 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 the train to Central Station, take the train to International Airport Station, 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, take the ferry to Great Barrier Reef Green Island, then take the walk to Great Barrier Reef.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Newcastle to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $450
Flights from Newcastle to Cairns via Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $380
Flights from Newcastle to Cairns via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $490
Flights from Newcastle to Cairns via Brisbane, Townsville
Ave. Duration
7h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$160 - $490
Flights from Sydney to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $700
Flights from Sydney to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4h 53m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Newcastle to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $410
Flights from Newcastle to Cairns via Melbourne, Sydney
Ave. Duration
7h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $410
Flights from Newcastle to Cairns via Brisbane, Sydney
Ave. Duration
8h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$160 - $410
Flights from Sydney to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Flights from Sydney to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Newcastle to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $380
Flights from Newcastle to Cairns via Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $380
Flights from Newcastle to Cairns via Melbourne, Sydney
Ave. Duration
8h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $380
Flights from Sydney to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $650
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Sydney to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $650
Train operators
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Newcastle Interchange to Central Station
Ave. Duration
2h 34m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $22
Schedules at
Transport NSW
Economy
$15 - $22
1st Class
$21 - $30
Train from Broadmeadow Station to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
11h 49m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $110
Schedules at
Transport NSW
Economy
$75 - $110
1st Class
$100 - $150
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
24h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $270
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Queensland Rail Travel
A-Choice
$262
B-Quick
$145
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 Newcastle to Brisbane Roma Street
Ave. Duration
13h 55m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$70 - $210
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Early bird
$70 - $90
Advantage
$95 - $150
Premium
$100 - $210
Bus from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
29h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $470
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Early bird
$150 - $190
Advantage
$210 - $330
Premium
$230 - $470
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61 2 4423 5233
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Newcastle to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
15h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $110
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Charlestown to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
15h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $120
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Brisbane to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
29h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$150 - $250
Website
Premier Motor Service
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
1h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$69
Schedules at
green-island.com.au

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