14 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

14 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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14 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  26​h
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Manchester

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Visit St. Kilda Beach and Catani Gardens for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, browse the different shops at Melbourne Central, have some family-friendly fun at Zero Latency, and admire the natural beauty at Fitzroy Gardens.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Melbourne online travel route planner .

Manchester, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Manchester to Melbourne, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Manchester in August: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 16°C and lows are around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Shopping

Side Trips

St Kilda, Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo

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.
Family-friendly places like Bondi Beach and Clovelly will thrill your kids. Escape the urban bustle at Manly Beach and The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk. Next up on the itinerary: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, enjoy breathtaking views from Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Sydney road trip planning tool .

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in August, with highs in Sydney at 22°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Whitsunday Island travel tool .

Getting from Sydney to Whitsunday Island by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in August, expect nights in Whitsunday Island to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

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

3
nights
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Family-friendly places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Muddy's Playground will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, get great views at Earl Hill, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nudey Beach, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planner .

Fly from Whitsunday Island to Cairns in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Cairns, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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