15 days in Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

15 days in Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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15 days in Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  25​h
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  4​h
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Manchester

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Rocks and Darling Harbour. Shop till you drop at Sydney Fish Market and Queen Victoria Building (QVB). There's lots more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, browse the different shops at Westfield Sydney, and stop by The Strand Arcade.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney online tour builder .

Manchester, UK to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Manchester to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manchester in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Sydney: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Whitsunday Island.

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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Whitsunday Island trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Sydney to Whitsunday Island by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in October, you will find days in Whitsunday Island are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet

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.
Head to Coffee Works and With Sugarfor some retail therapy. Spend the 31st (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 1st (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Funstuff by Lynda, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market Port Douglas.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Whitsunday Island to Port Douglas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Port Douglas, with lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can go by car to Cairns.

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Coffee Works ©
Coffee Works
Sunday Market Port Douglas ©
Sunday Market Port Douglas

4
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.
Do your shopping at Tanks Arts Centre and Rusty's Market. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 2nd (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Smithfield Shopping Centre and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns sightseeing planning app .

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. You will leave for home on the 5th (Mon).

Things to do in Cairns

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Side Trips

Palm Cove, Tanks Arts Centre, Smithfield Shopping Centre
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

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