20 days in Sydney, Greater Melbourne & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

20 days in Sydney, Greater Melbourne & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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20 days in Sydney, Greater Melbourne & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Munich
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Dandenong
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
3
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+4
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly + shuttle:  11​h 30​min
4
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Munich

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 Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk. You'll get in some beach time at Manly Beach and Newport Beach. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Coogee Beach, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Sydney planning app .

Munich, Germany to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Munich to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Munich in November, things will get much hotter in Sydney: highs are around 29°C and lows about 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Dandenong.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

2
nights
Dandenong

Dandenong ©
Dandenong is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, approximately 30 km south-east from Melbourne's central business district. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Werribee Open Range Zoo, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Catani Gardens, and then kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Chelsea Beach and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Dandenong Ranges National Park.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Dandenong day trip planning website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sydney to Dandenong. Traveling from Sydney in November, things will get a bit cooler in Dandenong: highs are around 24°C and lows about 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Dandenong

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

St Kilda, Werribee Open Range Zoo, Chelsea Beach
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St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo
Dandenong Ranges National Park ©
Dandenong Ranges National Park

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
You'll get in some beach time at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek. Visiting Indian Head and Central Station Rainforest will get you outdoors.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Fraser Island online trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Dandenong to Fraser Island. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Dandenong in November: high temperatures in Fraser Island hover around 33°C and lows are around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Wanggoolba Creek ©
Wanggoolba Creek
Lake Birrabeen ©
Lake Birrabeen

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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Mossman Gorge will get you outdoors. Spend the 2nd (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas tour itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Fraser Island to Port Douglas by combination of car, ferry, flight, and shuttle takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, train, and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Palm Cove Beach and Yorkeys Knob Beach. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk will get you outdoors. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Palm Cove, about 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns visit planner .

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. December in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Yorkeys Knob Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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