13 days in Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

13 days in Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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13 days in Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Orlando
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  4​h
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Orlando

3
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: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and kick back and relax at Manly Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary builder website .

Orlando, USA to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Orlando to Sydney, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Orlando in May: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 70°F and lows are around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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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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night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 9th (Thu), explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Whitsunday Island tour planner .

Fly from Sydney to Whitsunday Island in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in May, with highs in Whitsunday Island at 79°F and lows at 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

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

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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.
Spend the 10th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 12th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Whitsunday Island to Port Douglas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or take a train. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Port Douglas, with lows of 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time 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
Safaris

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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.
On the 13th (Mon), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

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Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In May, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens

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