17 days in Great Barrier Reef, Byron Bay & Sydney Itinerary

17 days in Great Barrier Reef, Byron Bay & Sydney Itinerary

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17 days in Great Barrier Reef, Byron Bay & Sydney Itinerary

Boise
Fly:  28​h
Mossman
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h
Townsville
— Few hours
bus:  3​h 45​min
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
+2
Fly + train + bus:  5​h 45​min
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
Boise

2
days
Mossman

Mossman ©
Mossman is a town and a locality in Far North Queensland, Australia, on the Mossman River. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Cow Bay Beach and then browse the exhibits of Daintree Discovery Centre.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Mossman online driving holiday planner .

Boise, USA to Mossman is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Boise to Mossman is 17 hours. Traveling from Boise in January, things will get warmer in Mossman: highs are around 89°F and lows about 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Mossman

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Port Douglas, Mossman Gorge
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Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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.
Relax by the water at Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. There's more to do: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

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Drive from Mossman to Cairns in 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

few
hours
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Townsville trip planner .

Getting from Cairns to Townsville by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January in Townsville, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 77°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks
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The Strand ©
The Strand

2
days
Airlie Beach

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 25th (Fri): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then stroll through Airlie Beach Lagoon. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop, then identify plant and animal life at Charter Yachts Australia, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Boathaven Beach.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip tool .

You can take a bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. January in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to ride a ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Tours
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Kayaking & Canoeing
Charter Yachts Australia ©
Charter Yachts Australia

2
days
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach.

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Getting from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island by ferry takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. January in Hamilton Island sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Adventure
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

2
days
Byron Bay

Byron Bay ©
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
On the 29th (Tue), brush up on your military savvy at Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum, then kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ainsworth, and finally admire all the interesting features of Broken Head Nature Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Hammer and Hand Byron Bay Jewellery and Metal Collective and then enjoy the sand and surf at Wategos Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Byron Bay itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Hamilton Island to Byron Bay in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Hamilton Island in January, Byron Bay is slightly colder at night with lows of 65°F. On the 30th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Byron Bay

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Ballina, Lake Ainsworth, Broken Head Nature Reserve
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Lake Ainsworth ©
Lake Ainsworth
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach
Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach

3
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Manly Beach and Clovelly. Get outdoors at Bondi Beach and Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park. Change things up with a short trip to Shelly Beach in Manly (about 36 minutes away). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, make a trip to Sydney Opera House, and hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Byron Bay to Sydney by combination of bus and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. January in Sydney sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Shelly Beach, Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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