12 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

12 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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12 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly:  26​h
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h
2
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Berlin


3
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, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, stroll through Melbourne Zoo, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip planner .

Berlin, Germany to Melbourne is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Berlin to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney itinerary planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Sydney: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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 7th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Sydney to Port Douglas takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and shuttle. Traveling from Sydney in October, expect Port Douglas to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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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.
On the 8th (Mon), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Munro Martin Parklands, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cairns tour itinerary maker 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 October in Cairns, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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