13 days in Great Barrier Reef, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

13 days in Great Barrier Reef, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

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13 days in Great Barrier Reef, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly + shuttle:  17​h 45​min
1
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 15​min
2
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: New Delhi

2
nights
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 3rd (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Coffee Works, then look for gifts at With Sugar, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Port Douglas itinerary planner .

New Delhi, India to Port Douglas is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from New Delhi to Port Douglas is 4 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Port Douglas when traveling from New Delhi in March, with lows around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Escape the urban bustle at Melbourne Zoo and Sandridge Beach. Head to Melbourne Central and Degraves Streetfor plenty of shopping. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the majestic nature at Warrandyte State Park, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, and learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne day trip tool .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Melbourne in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Port Douglas in March; daily highs in Melbourne reach 30°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

4
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.
Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Get in touch with nature at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Coogee Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Featherdale Wildlife Park (in Blacktown) and Pulpit Rock Lookout (in Blue Mountains National Park). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through The Rocks, trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, identify plant and animal life at Muogamarra Nature Reserve, and hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip planner.

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in March, Sydney is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pulpit Rock Lookout, Featherdale Wildlife Park
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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