12 days in Sydney, Byron Bay Area & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

12 days in Sydney, Byron Bay Area & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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12 days in Sydney, Byron Bay Area & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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

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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, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney travel route planner .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. In April, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Byron Bay.

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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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Byron Bay

Byron Bay
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): explore and take pictures at The Farm Byron Bay, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, then hike along Cape Byron Walking Track, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. On the next day, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then let the kids burn off some steam at Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Byron Bay day trip tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Byron Bay in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April in Byron Bay, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Byron Bay

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Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas online travel route planner .

Do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Byron Bay to Port Douglas in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Byron Bay in April, with highs in Port Douglas at 34°C and lows at 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors 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

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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.
Spend the 9th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 11th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planner .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in April, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
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Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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