15 days in Gold Coast, Melbourne & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

15 days in Gold Coast, Melbourne & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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15 days in Gold Coast, Melbourne & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Glasgow
+3
bus + Fly + foot + train:  31​h
1
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
2
Melbourne
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  6​h
3
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
4
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  4​h
5
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Glasgow

1
night
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park and then head outdoors with Pelican Feeding. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip itinerary site .

Glasgow, UK to Gold Coast is an approximately 31-hour combination of bus, flight, and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Glasgow to Gold Coast is 10 hours. In June, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

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Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): soar above the sights with a balloon tour, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Melbourne Zoo, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Fitzroy Gardens.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip maker site .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Melbourne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Gold Coast in June; daily highs in Melbourne reach 16°C and lows reach 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Balloon Rides
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
On the 7th (Fri), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach day trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Melbourne to Airlie Beach takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in June: highs in Airlie Beach hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

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night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Whitsunday Island travel route planner.

Traveling by bus from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island takes an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Airlie Beach in June, expect little chillier with lows of 15°C in Whitsunday Island. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

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

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Scuba & Snorkeling. Attractions like Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Horses in Port and look for gifts at With Sugar.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip planner.

Getting from Whitsunday Island to Port Douglas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or take a train. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in June, Port Douglas is a bit warmer at night with lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, and then hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

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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 June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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