28 days in Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

28 days in Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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28 days in Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Berlin
Fly:  26​h
Sydney
— 5 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  9​h 30​min
Townsville
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h 15​min
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  4​h
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
Berlin

6
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sydney Opera House and Brett Whiteley Studio. Spend the 25th (Wed) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through The Rocks, contemplate the long history of Justice & Police Museum, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum.

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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. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales), which is usually a 9 hour difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
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The Rocks

4
days
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Escape the urban bustle at Indian Head and Lake Birrabeen.

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Do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Sydney to Fraser Island in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. While traveling from Sydney, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Fraser Island, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Fraser Island

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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Lake Birrabeen ©
Lake Birrabeen
Wanggoolba Creek ©
Wanggoolba Creek

2
days
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
On the 2nd (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Museum of Tropical Queensland, step off the mainland to explore Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, and then kick back and relax at The Strand. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Billabong Sanctuary, make a trip to Riverway, and then go for a walk through Castle Hill.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Townsville itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Townsville in 9.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Fraser Island in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Townsville, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can take a bus to Airlie Beach.

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The Strand ©
The Strand
Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

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 4th (Sat), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef, and then kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Airlie Beach trip planning site .

Take a bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Townsville in August, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Airlie Beach: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time 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 ©
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Whitsunday Island day trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island takes 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Airlie Beach in August since evenings lows in Whitsunday Island dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

5
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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Spend the 8th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 9th (Thu) exploring nature at Mowbray National Park. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, play a few rounds at Mossman Golf Club, look for gifts at Coffee Works, and get outside with Port Douglas Microlights.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas road trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Whitsunday Island to Port Douglas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 19°C in Port Douglas. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

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Side Trip

Mossman Golf Club
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Scuba & Snorkeling
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Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

5
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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Trail Bike Adventures. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Palm Cove Beach, & more). The adventure continues: get interesting insight from Shaolin Junk Cruises, take in the exciting artwork at Michael Seebeck Gallery, kick back and relax at Yorkeys Knob Beach, and play a few rounds at Cairns Golf Club.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Cairns tour planner.

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

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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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