8 days in Sydney, Great Barrier Reef & Melbourne Itinerary

8 days in Sydney, Great Barrier Reef & Melbourne Itinerary

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8 days in Sydney, Great Barrier Reef & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Townsville
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 45​min
3
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h 15​min
4
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— Few hours
Fly:  20​h
End: San Francisco

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): wander the streets of The Rocks, then trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and then stroll through Bondi Beach. Keep things going the next day: see a show at Sydney Opera House, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, then kick back and relax at Manly Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney online vacation planner .

San Francisco, USA to Sydney is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) is 18 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in November, expect Sydney to be a bit warmer, temps between 77°F and 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

1
night
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 19th (Mon), go for a walk through Castle Hill and then enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Townsville travel route builder site .

Fly from Sydney to Townsville in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, Townsville is a bit warmer than Sydney - with highs of 87°F and lows of 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Airlie Beach vacation planner .

Take a bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. In November, daytime highs in Airlie Beach are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can ride a ferry to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Spas & Wellness

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Whitsunday Island day trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Airlie Beach in November, plan for little chillier nights in Whitsunday Island, with lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

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

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hours
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
To see other places to visit and tourist information, use the Melbourne travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Whitsunday Island to Melbourne takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in November, things will get slightly colder in Melbourne: highs are around 73°F and lows about 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Historic Sites, #Museums
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Hillsong Church ©
Hillsong Church

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