15 days in Melbourne & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

15 days in Melbourne & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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15 days in Melbourne & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Baden-Baden
train + Fly:  25​h
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h 15​min
3
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + train:  35​h
End: Baden-Baden

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, make a trip to Flinders Street Station, and browse the collection at State Library of Victoria.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne trip planner .

Baden-Baden, Germany to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) is 9 hours. When traveling from Baden-Baden in August, plan for much colder days and little chillier nights in Melbourne: temperatures range from 16°C by day to 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Museums, #Historic Sites
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then stroll through Whitehaven Beach.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Whitsunday Island trip itinerary site .

You can fly from Melbourne to Whitsunday Island in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. In August, Whitsunday Island is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 29°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

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

2
nights
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 31st (Fri): take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then head off the coast to Whitsunday Islands.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach online trip maker .

You can ride a ferry from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in August, you will find days in Airlie Beach are little chillier (26°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (21°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trip

Whitsunday Islands
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Speed Boats Tours
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 2nd (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, choose your vessel at Shaolin Junk Cruises, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns online day trip planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in September, expect nights in Cairns to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive 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
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

3
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.
Spend the 5th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 6th (Thu) 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, look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip itinerary builder app .

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 September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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