15 days in Great Barrier Reef & Sydney & Suburbs Itinerary

15 days in Great Barrier Reef & Sydney & Suburbs Itinerary

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15 days in Great Barrier Reef & Sydney & Suburbs Itinerary

Start: Oslo
Fly:  26​h
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h
3
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
4
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Oslo

2
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.
Spend the 10th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 11th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, let little ones run wild at Figtree Playground, and have fun at Muddy's Playground.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary maker website .

Oslo, Norway to Cairns is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Oslo to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Oslo in July, with highs in Cairns at 30°C and lows at 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
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.
Spend the 13th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 14th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, stop by With Sugar, and don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip maker app .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. In July in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

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

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 17th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Whitehaven Beach.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Whitsunday Island travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Whitsunday Island in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Port Douglas in July since evenings lows in Whitsunday Island dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

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

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.
Spend the 19th (Fri) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, stroll through Manly Beach, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and take a stroll through The Rocks.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney day trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Whitsunday Island to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. In July, Sydney is a bit cooler than Whitsunday Island - with highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Sydney Harbour National Park
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Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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