10 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

10 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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10 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Luxembourg City
+2
bus + train + Fly:  27​h
1
Melbourne
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 45​min
3
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 45​min
4
Townsville
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Cooktown
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  28​h
End: Luxembourg City

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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 28th (Sat), view the masterpieces at Australian Print Workshop, enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach, browse the eclectic array of goods at Degraves Street, then explore the engaging exhibits at Australian Centre for the Moving Image, and finally examine the collection at Federation Square.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip itinerary app .

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg to Melbourne is an approximately 27-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Luxembourg City to Melbourne. When traveling from Luxembourg City in December, plan for much hotter days in Melbourne, with highs around 30°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Childrens Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Australian Print Workshop, St. Kilda Beach
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St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Degraves Street ©
Degraves Street
Federation Square ©
Federation Square

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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 29th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Cathedral, then race across the water with a speed boat tour, then kick back and relax at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at North Head Sanctuary.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

North Head Sanctuary, Balmoral Beach, Mosman
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St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
North Head Sanctuary ©
North Head Sanctuary

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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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then view the masterpieces at Above & Below Photography, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip maker tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Airlie Beach in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Airlie Beach, with lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Kayaking & Canoeing
Above & Below Photography Gallery ©
Above & Below Photography Gallery

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): view the masterpieces at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, explore the galleries of Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts, trek along Castle Hill, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Strand, and finally take in the exciting artwork at The Drill Hall Studio.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Townsville road trip planning app .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Townsville by bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Townsville, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Cooktown.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors Parks Museums
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Castle Hill
Castle Hill
The Strand ©
The Strand
The Drill Hall Studio ©
The Drill Hall Studio

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Cooktown

Cooktown ©
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. On the 1st (Wed), stroll the grounds of Cooktown War Memorial, steep yourself in history at Cooktown History Centre, get great views at Grassy Hill, get engrossed in the history at James Cook Museum, then stroll through Finch Bay, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Cooktown Botanical Gardens.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cooktown trip itinerary builder website .

Explore your travel options from Townsville to Cooktown with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cooktown

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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James Cook Museum ©
James Cook Museum
Grassy Hill ©
Grassy Hill
Cooktown History Centre ©
Cooktown History Centre

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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.
On the 2nd (Thu), stop by With Sugar, take in the exciting artwork at Des Spencer Galleries, hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas, then stroll through Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach. On the next day, see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef and then explore the gorgeous colors at Agincourt Reef.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Cooktown to Port Douglas takes 3.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
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Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Sunday Market Port Douglas ©
Sunday Market Port Douglas
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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