17 days in New South Wales & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

17 days in New South Wales & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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17 days in New South Wales & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly:  26​h
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Katoomba
— 3 nights
+2
train + Fly + shuttle:  8​h 15​min
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Berlin

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 outdoors at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. For shopping fun, head to Sydney Fish Market or Rozelle Collectors Market. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through The Rocks, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, explore the world behind art at Brett Whiteley Studio, and admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House.

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Berlin, Germany to Sydney is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Berlin to Sydney due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Katoomba.

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Sydney Fish Market ©
Sydney Fish Market
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

3
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Do your shopping at The Nook and Rick Rutherford's Country. Step out of the city life by going to The National Pass and Lincoln's Rock. Explore Katoomba's surroundings by going to Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum (in Valley Heights) and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge). The adventure continues: look for gifts at The Candy Store Leura, take in the awesome beauty at Pulpit Rock Lookout, browse for treasures at Victory Theatre Antique Centre, and view the masterpieces at Lost Bear Gallery.

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Getting from Sydney to Katoomba by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Sydney in July since evenings lows in Katoomba dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Katoomba

#Shopping, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trips

Leura, Blue Mountains National Park, Rick Rutherford's Country, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum
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The Nook ©
The Nook
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
The National Pass ©
The National Pass

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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Sunday Market Port Douglas and Funstuff by Lynda. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings 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 train, flight, and shuttle from Katoomba to Port Douglas takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and shuttle. When traveling from Katoomba in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Port Douglas, with highs around 30°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cairns.

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Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Trail Bike Adventures. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). It doesn't end there: tour the water at your own pace with Shaolin Junk Cruises and take a stroll around Tanks Arts Centre.

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Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. July in Cairns sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Tanks Arts Centre
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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