10 days in Great Barrier Reef, Great Ocean Road & Melbourne Itinerary

10 days in Great Barrier Reef, Great Ocean Road & Melbourne Itinerary

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10 days in Great Barrier Reef, Great Ocean Road & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 1 night
+3
shuttle + Fly + shuttle + bus:  8​h 15​min
3
Torquay
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Melbourne
— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, then trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns day trip website .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to Cairns, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in December, expect Cairns to be much hotter, temps between 36°C and 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

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

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. In December, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Torquay.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Adventure
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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
day
Torquay

Torquay
Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): kick back and relax at Point Impossible Surf Beach and then explore and take pictures at The Great Ocean Road.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Torquay online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Port Douglas to Torquay takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Port Douglas, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Torquay, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Torquay

Outdoors Scenic Drive Beaches
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The Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road
Point Impossible Surf Beach ©
Point Impossible Surf Beach

3
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, browse the exhibits of Shrine of Remembrance, make a trip to Flinders Street Station, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Melbourne trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Torquay to Melbourne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Melbourne are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to 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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