16 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

16 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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16 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: New Delhi

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get a sense of the local culture at Melbourne Central and Old Melbourne Gaol. Step out of the city life by going to Melbourne Zoo and St. Kilda Beach. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Degraves Street, get a taste of the local shopping with Collins St/Swanston St, look for gifts at The Australian Natural Soap, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne online route builder .

New Delhi, India to Melbourne is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from New Delhi to Melbourne. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from New Delhi in December since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Shopping, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach

5
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.
Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Newport Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Manly Beach and Coogee Beach. There's still lots to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, stroll through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and kick back and relax at Clovelly.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Sydney vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 21°C in Sydney. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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Getting from Sydney to Port Douglas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and shuttle. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect Port Douglas to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach).

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary tool .

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 January, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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