11 days in Great Barrier Reef & Sydney Itinerary

11 days in Great Barrier Reef & Sydney Itinerary

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11 days in Great Barrier Reef & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Boise
Fly:  27​h
1
Palm Cove
— 1 night
2
Port Douglas
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
4
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Boise

1
night
Palm Cove

Palm Cove ©
A small community of about 1,200 people, Palm Cove sits beside the clear blue waters of the South Pacific.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): stroll through Trinity Beach, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Palm Cove tour itinerary maker .

Boise, USA to Palm Cove is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Boise to Palm Cove is 17 hours. In January, Palm Cove is much hotter than Boise - with highs of 89°F and lows of 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Palm Cove

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Trinity Beach
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Spas & Wellness
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

1
night
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 24th (Thu), stop by With Sugar, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then browse the exhibits of Janbal Gallery, and finally identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge.

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Drive from Palm Cove to Port Douglas in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. January in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games

Side Trips

Janbal Gallery, Mossman Gorge
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Mossman Gorge ©
Mossman Gorge
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Janbal Gallery ©
Janbal Gallery

2
nights
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): take a memorable tour with Tours. Keep things going the next day: play a few rounds at Hamilton Island Golf Club and then kick back and relax at Catseye Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Hamilton Island day trip tool .

Getting from Port Douglas to Hamilton Island by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and ferry. In January, daily temperatures in Hamilton Island can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club

1
night
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 27th (Sun): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then go for a walk through Bicentennial Walkway, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach sightseeing planner .

Traveling by ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Kayaking & Canoeing
Bicentennial Walkway ©
Bicentennial Walkway

3
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Coogee Beach and Clovelly. Get a sense of the local culture at The Rocks and Australian National Maritime Museum. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Bondi Beach, enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Sydney tour builder app .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Sydney in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Sydney, with lows of 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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