15 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

15 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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15 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Zurich
Fly:  23​h 45​min
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
Whitsunday Island
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  4​h
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  22​h 45​min
Zurich

4
days
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.
Visit Bondi Beach and Shelly Beach for some beach relaxation. Get in touch with nature at Manly Beach and Shark Island. Spend the 15th (Sun) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's lots more to do: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Clovelly, admire the masterpieces at Australian Centre for Photography, and kick back and relax at Camp Cove.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Sydney tour itinerary site .

Zurich, Switzerland to Sydney is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Zurich to Sydney, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Zurich in July, with highs in Sydney at 21°C and lows at 9°C. On the 16th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

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Shelly Beach
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

2
days
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 17th (Tue), take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, then kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88. On your second day here, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo.

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Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in July, with highs in Melbourne at 15°C and lows at 6°C. On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens

1
day
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

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Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Whitsunday Island takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in July, things will get a bit warmer in Whitsunday Island: highs are around 28°C and lows about 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

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

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

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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 July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Port Douglas, with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

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

2
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.
On the 23rd (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

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Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

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Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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