60 days in Sydney, Great Barrier Reef & Melbourne Itinerary

60 days in Sydney, Great Barrier Reef & Melbourne Itinerary

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60 days in Sydney, Great Barrier Reef & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Nottingham
+2
train + foot + Fly:  26​h
1
Sydney
— 12 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
2
Fraser Island
— 5 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  9​h 15​min
3
Rockhampton
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Townsville
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  4​h 30​min
5
Port Douglas
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 9 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  3​h 15​min
7
Airlie Beach
— 4 nights
ferry:  1​h
8
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
9
Melbourne
— 11 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  27​h
End: Nottingham

12
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Gallery Blackheath (in Blackheath) and Katoomba (The Three Sisters & Wentworth Falls). Spend the 12th (Sat) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and wander the streets of The Rocks.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney day trip planning app .

Nottingham, UK to Sydney is an approximately 26-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) is 10 hours. In May, Sydney is somewhat warmer than Nottingham - with highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Katoomba, Gallery Blackheath
Find places to stay May 8 — 20:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

5
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, beaches, outdoors, historic sites, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, admire all the interesting features of Maheno Wreck, make a trip to K'gari, and enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island day trip planning site .

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
Find places to stay May 20 — 25:
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
K'gari ©
K'gari
Wanggoolba Creek ©
Wanggoolba Creek

2
nights
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
On the 26th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Rockhampton Botanic Gardens and then relax in the rural setting at Alkoomi Adventure Farm. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Mount Etna Caves National Park.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Rockhampton tour planning tool .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Rockhampton takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. In May, daily temperatures in Rockhampton can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. On the 27th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Rockhampton

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours
Find places to stay May 25 — 27:
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Rockhampton Botanic Gardens ©
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens
Mount Etna Caves National Park ©
Mount Etna Caves National Park

3
nights
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Museum of Tropical Queensland, stroll through The Strand, and then take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Billabong Sanctuary, step off the mainland to explore Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St James Cathedral.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Townsville online trip planner .

Getting from Rockhampton to Townsville by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Rockhampton in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 21°C in Townsville. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Townsville

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors
Find places to stay May 27 — 30:
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

9
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.
Spend the 31st (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 4th (Mon) exploring nature at Mowbray National Park. There's still lots to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, trot along with a tour on horseback, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, and play a few rounds at Port Douglas Golf Tours.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Port Douglas road trip planning website .

Getting from Townsville to Port Douglas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trips

Mossman, Shaolin Junk Cruises, Mossman Gorge
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 8:
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Shaolin Junk Cruises ©
Shaolin Junk Cruises
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

9
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Palm Cove Beach, & more). Spend the 8th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 15th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: do some two-wheel cruising with Trail Bike Adventures, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, make a trip to Green Island, and get outside with Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip planner .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. June in Cairns sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Crystal Cascades, Yorkeys Knob Beach
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 17:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

4
nights
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.
Airlie Beach is known for adventure, beaches, spas, outdoors, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: race across the water with a speed boat tour, explore the activities along Heart Reef, take in the pleasant sights at Bicentennial Walkway, and take a memorable tour with Whitsunday Boat Hire.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip planning tool .

Getting from Cairns to Airlie Beach by combination of flight and ferry takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. While traveling from Cairns, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trip

Whitsunday Islands
Find places to stay Jun 17 — 21:
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Speed Boats Tours
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

2
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina and then get interesting insight from Tours. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: play a few rounds at Hamilton Island Golf Club and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wild life Hamilton Island.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Hamilton Island trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. June in Hamilton Island sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 21°C at night. On the 23rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Golf
Find places to stay Jun 21 — 23:
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Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina
Passage Peak ©
Passage Peak

11
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Step out of Melbourne with an excursion to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee--about 42 minutes away. Dedicate the 27th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, get lost in a book at State Library of Victoria, stroll through Melbourne Zoo, and learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne tour itinerary planner .

Fly from Hamilton Island to Melbourne in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Hamilton Island in June: highs in Melbourne hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Museums

Side Trips

Werribee Open Range Zoo, St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Jun 23 — Jul 4:
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Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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