15 days in Great Barrier Reef & Greater Sydney Itinerary

15 days in Great Barrier Reef & Greater Sydney Itinerary

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15 days in Great Barrier Reef & Greater Sydney Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  23​h 30​min
Cairns
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h 45​min
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+3
bus + taxi + Fly + train:  4​h 45​min
Mosman
— 1 night
Fly:  31​h
End: New York City

4
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.
Get outdoors at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and Palm Cove Beach. Spend the 10th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, do some two-wheel cruising with Trail Bike Adventures, step off the mainland to explore Michaelmas Cay, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Cairns sightseeing planner .

New York City, USA to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Cairns is 15 hours. Traveling from New York City in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 63°F in Cairns. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Esplanade Boardwalk

3
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.
Get outdoors at Safaris and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

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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 August in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 62°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge
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Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

1
day
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hamilton Island trip planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Hamilton Island in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Port Douglas in August, you will find days in Hamilton Island are slightly colder (72°F), and nights are about the same (65°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

#Adventure, #Wildlife, #Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling

2
days
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, then take in the pleasant sights at Bicentennial Walkway, and then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Heart Reef, then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and then take in the exciting artwork at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Airlie Beach online tour itinerary builder .

You can ride a ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mosman.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks
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Speed Boats Tours
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

2
days
Mosman

Mosman ©
If it weren't for the amazing view of Sydney Harbour, Mosman might seem light-years away from Australia's largest and busiest city.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): stroll through Balmoral Beach, Mosman, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Shelly Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nielsen Park. On the next day, meet the residents at Taronga Zoo, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bronte Beach, and then take in the views from Jeffrey Street Wharf.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Mosman trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and train from Airlie Beach to Mosman in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in August, expect Mosman to be little chillier, temps between 66°F and 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mosman

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Shelly Beach, Bronte Beach, Jeffrey Street Wharf, Nielsen Park
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Taronga Zoo ©
Taronga Zoo
Shelly Beach ©
Shelly Beach
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman

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