18 days in Great Barrier Reef, Alice Springs & Sydney Itinerary

18 days in Great Barrier Reef, Alice Springs & Sydney Itinerary

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18 days in Great Barrier Reef, Alice Springs & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Dusseldorf
Fly + shuttle:  29​h
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Dusseldorf

4
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.
Spend the 5th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 6th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: stroll through Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, stop by Coffee Works, and enjoy some diversion at Port Douglas Tennis Club.

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Dusseldorf, Germany to Port Douglas is an approximately 29-hour flight. Traveling from Dusseldorf to Port Douglas, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dusseldorf in March, expect Port Douglas to be much warmer, temps between 36°C and 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Whitsunday Island.

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Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Whitehaven Beach.

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Getting from Port Douglas to Whitsunday Island by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In March in Whitsunday Island, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.

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Whitehaven Beach

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 9th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and choose your vessel at Shaolin Junk Cruises.

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You can fly from Whitsunday Island to Cairns in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Alice Springs.

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Palm Cove
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

2
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, then look for gifts at Tjanpi Desert Weavers, then identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Desert Park, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Gillen.

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Getting from Cairns to Alice Springs by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairns in March, you will find days in Alice Springs are a bit warmer (40°C), and nights are slightly colder (21°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Sydney.

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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Mount Gillen ©
Mount Gillen
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park

6
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, stroll through Bondi Beach, and take a stroll through The Rocks.

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You can fly from Alice Springs to Sydney in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Alice Springs in March, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sydney: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 22°C at night. You will leave for home on the 20th (Wed).

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Sydney Opera House
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The Rocks
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Sydney Harbour Bridge

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