15 days in Great Barrier Reef & Sydney Itinerary

15 days in Great Barrier Reef & Sydney Itinerary

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15 days in Great Barrier Reef & Sydney Itinerary

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

3
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 out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 8th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

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London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 10 hours. Traveling from London in January, things will get much warmer in Cairns: highs are around 37°C and lows about 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

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Palm Cove
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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.
Spend the 11th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 12th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, have fun at Port Douglas Tennis Club, look for gifts at With Sugar, and stroll through 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. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours
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Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

1
day
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

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Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Whitsunday Island takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. January in Whitsunday Island sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

5
days
Sydney

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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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, and stroll through Coogee Beach.

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Fly from Whitsunday Island to Sydney in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Whitsunday Island in January: highs in Sydney hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 23°C. You will leave for home on the 20th (Sun).

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
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The Rocks
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Sydney Harbour Bridge

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