11 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

11 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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11 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Singapore

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.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne road trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Melbourne is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Time (SGT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) is 2 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Singapore in May; daily highs in Melbourne reach 20°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Tours
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in May: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 24°C and lows are around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

1
night
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 8th (Wed), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas online travel route planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Sydney to Port Douglas in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, Port Douglas is a bit warmer than Sydney - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

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.
On the 10th (Fri), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, then trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In May in Cairns, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

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

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