13 days in Great Barrier Reef, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park & Sydney Itinerary

13 days in Great Barrier Reef, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park & Sydney Itinerary

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13 days in Great Barrier Reef, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly:  30​h
1
Magnetic Island
— 1 night
ferry:  30​min
2
Townsville
— 1 night
train:  4​h 45​min
3
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  4​h
4
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  25​h
End: Brussels

1
night
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): tour the water at your own pace with Big Mama Sailing, take a memorable tour with Pilgrim Sailing, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Magnetic Island Museum. On the next day, head off the coast to Magnetic Island Forts Walk, look for all kinds of wild species at Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail, and then stroll through Geoffrey Bay.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Magnetic Island trip maker app .

Brussels, Belgium to Magnetic Island is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Brussels in September: high temperatures in Magnetic Island hover around 32°C and lows are around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can ride a ferry to Townsville.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay
Pilgrim Sailing ©
Pilgrim Sailing

1
night
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): steep yourself in history at National Trust Heritage Centre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Castle Hill, then kick back and relax at The Strand, and finally view the masterpieces at The Drill Hall Studio.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Townsville itinerary app .

Townsville is just a stone's throw from Magnetic Island. In September, daytime highs in Townsville are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Townsville

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
National Trust Heritage Centre ©
National Trust Heritage Centre

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Whitsunday Island online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Townsville to Whitsunday Island takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Townsville in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Whitsunday Island, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

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

2
nights
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.
On the 8th (Sat), kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach, then do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and then identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable tour with Shaolin Junk Cruises, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Agincourt Reef.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip builder app .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Whitsunday Island to Port Douglas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Port Douglas when traveling from Whitsunday Island in September, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Shaolin Junk Cruises, Mossman Gorge, Palm Cove Beach
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Mossman Gorge ©
Mossman Gorge
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

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night
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): trek along Uluru Hiking Path, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta, and finally get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Walpa Gorge, then hike along Kuniya Walk, and then don't miss a visit to Uluru.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary planning website .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
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Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, then trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and then take a stroll through Darling Harbour. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Coogee Beach, see a show at Sydney Opera House, and then get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planner.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Sydney in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sydney: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Neighborhoods
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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