11 days in Great Barrier Reef, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

11 days in Great Barrier Reef, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

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11 days in Great Barrier Reef, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

New York City
Fly:  30​h 30​min
Cairns
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 15​min
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  32​h 30​min
New York City

1
day
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 6th (Sat), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then stop by Australian Leather Company.

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New York City, USA to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from New York City to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from New York City in April, with highs in Cairns at 85°F and lows at 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
day
Port Douglas

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.
On the 7th (Sun), browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market Port Douglas, then learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach.

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You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In April, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trip

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Sunday Market Port Douglas ©
Sunday Market Port Douglas
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery ©
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery

2
days
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You've now added Royal Standard Hotel to your itinerary. On the 8th (Mon), get some fabulous bargains at DFO South Wharf and then take in nature's colorful creations at Fitzroy Gardens. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Paul's Cathedral, then get a taste of the local shopping with Degraves Street, and finally join in the after-dark buzz at Royal Standard Hotel.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne online vacation planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Melbourne in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. While traveling from Port Douglas, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

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DFO South Wharf ©
DFO South Wharf
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central

3
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.
You've now added Sydney Harbour Bridge to your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to The Rocks Markets and Captain Chocolate. Step out of the city life by going to Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk. Take a break from Sydney with a short trip to Wentworth Falls in Katoomba, about 1h 35 min away. And it doesn't end there: stop by Sydney Fish Market, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk, and take a stroll through The Rocks.

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Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Melbourne in April, with lows around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Shopping, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Wentworth Falls, Captain Chocolate
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Sydney Fish Market ©
Sydney Fish Market
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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