10 days in Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

10 days in Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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10 days in Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Taipei
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Sydney
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 45​min
2
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h 15​min
3
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  4​h
4
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  12​h 15​min
End: Taipei

1
night
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.
On the 23rd (Sun), catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, then admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, then contemplate the long history of Justice & Police Museum, and finally take a stroll through The Rocks. On the next day, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Sydney trip planner .

Taipei, Taiwan to Sydney is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of subway and flight. Traveling from Taipei to Sydney, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Taipei in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Sydney: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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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 25th (Tue): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then look for gifts at Into The Blue Gallery, and then kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach trip itinerary site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Airlie Beach takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Airlie Beach when traveling from Sydney in December, with lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Kayaking & Canoeing
Into The Blue Gallery ©
Into The Blue Gallery

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Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Whitsunday Island road trip app .

You can ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Airlie Beach in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Whitsunday Island, with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

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

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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 27th (Thu), do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, then identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get interesting insight from Tours.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas day trip tool .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Whitsunday Island to Port Douglas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Mossman Gorge ©
Mossman Gorge
Scuba & Snorkeling
Spas & Wellness

3
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.
On the 29th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns day trip planning website .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. On the 31st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens

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