22 days in Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

22 days in Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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22 days in Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Norwich
bus + Fly:  27​h
Sydney
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 45​min
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h 15​min
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
+4
shuttle + Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  11​h
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  39​h
Norwich

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.
Visit Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Dee Why Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Shelly Beach in Manly (about 36 minutes away). There's much more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Freshwater Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Clontarf Beach, and don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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Norwich, UK to Sydney is an approximately 27-hour combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) is 10 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Norwich in October, with highs in Sydney at 28°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Sydney

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

2
days
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.
On the 29th (Mon), race across the water with a speed boat tour. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef, then enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

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Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Airlie Beach takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in October, Airlie Beach is a bit warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Whitsunday Island.

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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Speed Boats Tours
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

1
day
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 31st (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Whitsunday Island trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Airlie Beach in October, expect little chillier with lows of 19°C in Whitsunday Island. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

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Hill Inlet
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Whitehaven Beach

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, approximately 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, tour the water at your own pace with Shaolin Junk Cruises, and take in the dramatic scenery at Crystal Cascades.

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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. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Cairns, with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Crystal Cascades
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

4
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 Four Mile Beach. Spend the 5th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 7th (Wed) exploring nature at Mowbray National Park. It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge.

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Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. November in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Tours

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Mossman Gorge
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Scuba & Snorkeling
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Mowbray National Park ©
Mowbray National Park

4
days
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek. Step out of the city life by going to Indian Head and Lake McKenzie.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Fraser Island itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, ferry, and car from Port Douglas to Fraser Island in 11 hours. Traveling from Port Douglas in November, expect little chillier with lows of 21°C in Fraser Island. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
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Wanggoolba Creek
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Lake Wabby

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