10 days in Great Barrier Reef & Melbourne Itinerary

10 days in Great Barrier Reef & Melbourne Itinerary

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10 days in Great Barrier Reef & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: London

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. On your second day here, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cairns itinerary planner .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Cairns. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from London in December: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

2
nights
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.
On the 29th (Sat), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In December in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, make a trip to Flinders Street Station, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Melbourne trip itinerary maker app .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Melbourne in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Port Douglas in December; daily highs in Melbourne reach 30°C and lows reach 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Tours
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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