10 days in Great Barrier Reef & Sydney Itinerary

10 days in Great Barrier Reef & Sydney Itinerary

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10 days in Great Barrier Reef & Sydney Itinerary

Ho Chi Minh City
Fly:  11​h 15​min
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
Ho Chi Minh City

2
days
Cairns

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
On the 24th (Wed), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Cairns is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Indochina Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in October: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 34°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Adventure

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Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

2
days
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

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You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

4
days
Sydney

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. The Rocks and Olympia Milk Bar will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Coogee Beach, steep yourself in history at Museum of Sydney, tour the pleasant surroundings at Newport Beach, and listen to music at Sydney Opera House.

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Getting from Port Douglas to Sydney by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and train. In October, Sydney is a bit cooler than Port Douglas - with highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Bondi Beach
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Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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