11 days in Great Barrier Reef, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

11 days in Great Barrier Reef, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

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11 days in Great Barrier Reef, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Pune
Fly:  16​h
1
Cairns
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Pune

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.
On the 16th (Thu), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, then hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and then let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cairns trip planner .

Pune, India to Cairns is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Pune to Cairns due to the time zone difference. In May, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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.
On the 18th (Sat), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip planner .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In May, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, stroll through Clovelly Beach, observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and take a stroll through The Rocks.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Sydney in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Port Douglas in May; daily highs in Sydney reach 24°C and lows reach 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

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

3
nights
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 23rd (Thu): soar above the sights with a balloon tour, then stroll around Royal Botanic Gardens, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, and then have some family-friendly fun at Viri VR.

Start your trip to Melbourne by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sydney in May: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 20°C and lows are around 9°C. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Tours Outdoors
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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