11 days in Great Barrier Reef, Sydney & Brisbane Itinerary

11 days in Great Barrier Reef, Sydney & Brisbane Itinerary

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11 days in Great Barrier Reef, Sydney & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 1 night
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Sydney
— 3 nights
4
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h
End: Los Angeles

1
night
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 20th (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cairns trip planner .

Los Angeles, USA to Cairns is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 18 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Cairns. Traveling from Los Angeles in March, expect Cairns to be a bit warmer, temps between 87°F and 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
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 22nd (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, look for gifts at With Sugar, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and finally browse the exhibits of Des Spencer Galleries.

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Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In March, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of The Rocks, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden.

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You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Sydney in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Port Douglas in March, things will get little chillier in Sydney: highs are around 79°F and lows about 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden

1
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Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then enjoy some diversion at South Bank Parklands.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Brisbane journey maker .

Fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in March, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland

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