13 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

13 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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13 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  4​h
4
Port Douglas
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
5
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Dallas

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.
You'll explore and learn at Brett Whiteley Studio and Australian National Maritime Museum. Visit Bondi Beach and Manly Beach for some beach relaxation. The adventure continues: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, explore the world behind art at Australian Centre for Photography, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Sydney itinerary builder .

Dallas, USA to Sydney is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 16 hours traveling from Dallas to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dallas in August, expect Sydney to be colder, temps between 66°F and 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Brett Whiteley Studio ©
Brett Whiteley Studio
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
For shopping fun, head to Melbourne Central or Craft Victoria. Visit Shrine of Remembrance and Old Melbourne Gaol for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, don't miss a visit to Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and wander the streets of Degraves Street.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne journey site .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in August, expect Melbourne to be little chillier, temps between 57°F and 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then stroll through Whitehaven Beach. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands National Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Whitsunday Island trip builder .

You can fly from Melbourne to Whitsunday Island in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in August; daily highs in Whitsunday Island reach 77°F and lows reach 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

1
night
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.
To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas travel route planner.

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. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Whitsunday Island in August since evenings lows in Port Douglas dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Shopping
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Sunday Market Port Douglas ©
Sunday Market Port Douglas

1
night
Sydney

Sydney ©
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You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Sydney in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Port Douglas in August: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 66°F and lows are around 49°F. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Sydney

Trails Outdoors Parks
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