13 days in Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

13 days in Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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13 days in Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  24​h
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  4​h
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

4
nights
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.
Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Freshwater Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sydney Opera House and Australian National Maritime Museum. The adventure continues: wander the streets of The Rocks, stroll through Coogee Beach, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary maker app .

London, UK to Sydney is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Sydney is 10 hours. Traveling from London in January, expect Sydney to be warmer, temps between 32°C and 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Whitsunday Island.

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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 12th (Sat), explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Whitsunday Island day trip planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Whitsunday Island in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. When traveling from Sydney in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Whitsunday Island: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

2
nights
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 13th (Sun): get interesting insight from Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Whitsunday Island to Port Douglas in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. January in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Cairns.

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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Here are some ideas for day two: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. You'll set off for home on the 17th (Thu).

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

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Palm Cove
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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