12 days in Great Barrier Reef & Sydney Itinerary

12 days in Great Barrier Reef & Sydney Itinerary

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12 days in Great Barrier Reef & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
+3
bus + foot + Fly + shuttle:  28​h
1
Port Douglas
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
3
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Sydney
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  23​h 15​min
End: Kansas City

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): enjoy some diversion at Port Douglas Tennis Club, then do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, then meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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Kansas City, USA to Port Douglas is an approximately 28-hour flight. Traveling from Kansas City to Port Douglas, you'll lose 16 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Kansas City in August, with highs in Port Douglas at 80°F and lows at 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery ©
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Scuba & Snorkeling

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 5th (Mon): relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then stroll through Palm Cove Beach. Keep things going the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cairns itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In August, daytime highs in Cairns are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trip

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

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 7th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Whitsunday Island tour itinerary builder app .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Whitsunday Island takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 52°F in Whitsunday Island. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet

5
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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Sydney Opera House and Brett Whiteley Studio. We've included these beaches for you: Bondi Beach and Shelly Beach. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through The Rocks, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sydney trip planning tool .

You can fly from Whitsunday Island to Sydney in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in August, you will find days in Sydney are little chillier (66°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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