15 days in Great Barrier Reef, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

15 days in Great Barrier Reef, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

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15 days in Great Barrier Reef, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  23​h
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h
3
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 3 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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 11th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and take in the dramatic scenery at Josephine Falls.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planning app .

Manchester, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Manchester to Cairns. Traveling from Manchester in March, expect Cairns to be much warmer, temps between 36°C and 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

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Palm Cove
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St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In March, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 16th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

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Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Whitsunday Island takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In March, daily temperatures in Whitsunday Island can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

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

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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.
Visit Old Melbourne Gaol and Shrine of Remembrance for their historical value. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, browse the collection at State Library of Victoria, and enjoy the sand and surf at Sandridge Beach.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Whitsunday Island to Melbourne in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. In March, Melbourne is a bit cooler than Whitsunday Island - with highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Museums
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

3
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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.
Popular historic sites such as The Rocks and Elizabeth Bay House are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Sydney trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in March since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Elizabeth Bay House ©
Elizabeth Bay House
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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