10 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

10 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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10 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  23​h 30​min
End: Brussels

2
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.
Get outdoors at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Popular historic sites such as The Rocks and Justice & Police Museum are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, take in the exciting artwork at Gannon House Gallery, and see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum.

Make your Sydney itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Brussels, Belgium to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Brussels to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Brussels in October, with highs in Sydney at 28°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and then see the interesting displays at Federation Square. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at National Sports Museum, see the interesting displays at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, get engrossed in the history at Immigration Museum, then learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne itinerary planner .

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Sydney in October; daily highs in Melbourne reach 24°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Museums, #Historic Sites
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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 31st (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cairns day trip planning site .

Fly from Melbourne to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in October, expect nights in Cairns to be much warmer, around 24°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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