17 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

17 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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17 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Manchester
Fly:  26​h
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  6​h
Townsville
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  30​h
Manchester

5
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 Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Get in touch with nature at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Sydney Harbour National Park. Step out of Sydney with an excursion to Shelly Beach in Manly--about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, contemplate the long history of Justice & Police Museum, take a stroll through The Rocks, and enjoy the sand and surf at Camp Cove.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Sydney holiday planner .

Manchester, UK 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 bus. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) is 10 hours. Traveling from Manchester in October, expect Sydney to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

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Shelly Beach
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Coogee Beach ©
Coogee Beach

2
days
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): stroll through Surfer's Paradise Beach, stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach, and then explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kirra Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, and then enjoy the sea views from Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Gold Coast takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Townsville.

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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

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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.
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Traveling by combination of train and flight from Gold Coast to Townsville takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Gold Coast in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Townsville: highs are around 34°C and lows about 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairns.

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The Strand ©
The Strand

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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach will get you outdoors. Step out of Cairns to go to Palm Cove and see Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, which is approximately 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: choose your vessel at Shaolin Junk Cruises, get out on two wheels at Trail Bike Adventures, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Yorkeys Knob Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns holiday tool .

Fly from Townsville to Cairns in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Cairns sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Yorkeys Knob Beach
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove 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 Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Spend the 15th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach and head outdoors with Port Douglas Microlights.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas day trip planning app .

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In October, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

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

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