38 days in Sydney, Great Barrier Reef & Melbourne Itinerary

38 days in Sydney, Great Barrier Reef & Melbourne Itinerary

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38 days in Sydney, Great Barrier Reef & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Yangon (Rangoon)
Fly:  12​h
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 15​min
2
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
Mackay
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Magnetic Island
— 2 nights
ferry:  30​min
5
Townsville
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
Cooktown
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
9
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
10
Airlie Beach
— 4 nights
ferry:  1​h 15​min
11
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
12
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Yangon (Rangoon)

2
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Watson's Bay and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Step out of Sydney with an excursion to Featherdale Wildlife Park in Blacktown--about 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, stroll through Hyde Park, pause for some photo ops at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, and enjoy breathtaking views from Sydney Tower Eye and Skywalk.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip builder tool .

Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar to Sydney is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Myanmar Time (MMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) is 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Featherdale Wildlife Park
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Watson's Bay ©
Watson's Bay
Art Gallery of New South Wales ©
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Chinese Garden of Friendship ©
Chinese Garden of Friendship

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Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lake McKenzie and Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Fraser Island using our trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Sydney to Fraser Island takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
K'gari ©
K'gari
Lake Allom ©
Lake Allom

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Mackay

Mackay ©
Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. Discover out-of-the-way places like Town Beach and Gooseponds. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Lamberts Beach, view the masterpieces at Fredericks Showcase Space, take some stellar pictures from Lamberts Lookout, and stop by Let the Children Play Toyshop.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Mackay tour builder tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Fraser Island to Mackay. In September, daytime highs in Mackay are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Mackay

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Town Beach ©
Town Beach
Lamberts Beach ©
Lamberts Beach
Bluewater Lagoon ©
Bluewater Lagoon

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Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with Big Mama Sailing, choose your vessel at Pilgrim Sailing, and then stop by Magnetic Island Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Magnetic Island Forts Walk, identify plant and animal life at Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Geoffrey Bay.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Magnetic Island day trip planning site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mackay to Magnetic Island. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to ride a ferry to Townsville.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Pilgrim Sailing ©
Pilgrim Sailing

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Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Strand and Billabong Sanctuary. There's lots more to do: explore and take pictures at Castle Hill, admire the natural beauty at Queens Gardens Townsville, get engrossed in the history at Townsville Museum and Historical Society, and view the masterpieces at The Drill Hall Studio.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Townsville tour itinerary planning site .

Townsville is just a stone's throw from Magnetic Island. October in Townsville sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cooktown.

Things to do in Townsville

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary

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Cooktown

Cooktown ©
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. Step off the beaten path and head to Grassy Hill and Fishing Charters & Tours. Spend the 6th (Sat) exploring nature at Mount Cook National Park. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at James Cook Museum, take in the dramatic scenery at Isabella Falls, kick back and relax at Finch Bay, and identify plant and animal life at Great Northern Tours.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cooktown trip planning site .

Explore your travel options from Townsville to Cooktown with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cooktown

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Finch Bay ©
Finch Bay
James Cook Museum ©
James Cook Museum
Fishing Charters & Tours

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nights
Port Douglas

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and Mowbray National Park. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge, see the vivid underwater world at Agincourt Reef, view the masterpieces at Des Spencer Galleries, and don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Cooktown to Port Douglas by car takes about 3.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge
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Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Mowbray National Park ©
Mowbray National Park

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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 hidden gems such as Botanical Gardens and Balloon Rides. When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, approximately 32 minutes away. Spend the 14th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground, and make a trip to Green Island.

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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. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Cairns

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
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Helicopter Tours
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina, then enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach, and then head outdoors with Jetryder. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: play a few rounds at Hamilton Island Golf Club, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then don't miss a visit to Passage Peak.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hamilton Island trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Hamilton Island takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Cairns in October, you will find days in Hamilton Island are little chillier (31°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina
Passage Peak ©
Passage Peak

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Airlie Beach

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Airlie Beach Lagoon and Whitsunday Great Walk. Venture out of the city with trips to Bowen (Horseshoe Bay Rotary Lookout & Grays Bay). And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the pleasant sights at Bicentennial Walkway, look for gifts at Beach Book Boutique, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Airlie Beach tour planner.

You can ride a ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can ride a ferry to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Bowen, Whitsunday Islands
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Kayaking & Canoeing
Bicentennial Walkway ©
Bicentennial Walkway

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Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Whitsunday Island visit planning site .

You can ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Airlie Beach in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Whitsunday Island, with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet

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Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Spas & Wellness and State Library of Victoria. Dedicate the 24th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, meet the residents at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and take in nature's colorful creations at Fitzroy Gardens.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne holiday planning app .

Fly from Whitsunday Island to Melbourne in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Whitsunday Island in October: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 24°C and lows are around 9°C. On the 26th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Spas & Wellness
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Spas & Wellness
State Library of Victoria ©
State Library of Victoria

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