15 days in Great Barrier Reef & Sydney Itinerary

15 days in Great Barrier Reef & Sydney Itinerary

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15 days in Great Barrier Reef & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  23​h
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h
3
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Manchester

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.
Spend the 12th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 13th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones, pause for some photo ops at Cairns Cenotaph, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip tool .

Manchester, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Cairns is 10 hours. Traveling from Manchester in April, expect Cairns to be warmer, temps between 34°C and 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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.
Spend the 15th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 17th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, get great views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and stop by With Sugar.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in April, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to 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
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 18th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then stroll through Whitehaven Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Whitsunday Island travel planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Whitsunday Island in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Whitsunday Island when traveling from Port Douglas in April, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

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

5
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: see a show at Sydney Opera House, don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge, wander the streets of The Rocks, and kick back and relax at Bondi Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planner.

Getting from Whitsunday Island to Sydney by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in April, expect Sydney to be little chillier, temps between 26°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden

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