15 days in Ningaloo, Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

15 days in Ningaloo, Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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15 days in Ningaloo, Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + Drive:  27​h
1
Ningaloo
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  11​h
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  4​h
4
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

1
day
Ningaloo

Ningaloo ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Ningaloo Reef.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Ningaloo trip itinerary maker website .

London, UK to Ningaloo is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Ningaloo is 8 hours. When traveling from London in October, plan for much warmer days in Ningaloo, with highs around 39°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Ningaloo

Parks Wildlife
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Ningaloo Reef ©
Ningaloo Reef

3
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: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planning app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ningaloo to Sydney. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Ningaloo in October, expect nights in Sydney to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then stroll through Whitehaven Beach.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Whitsunday Island online itinerary maker .

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. While traveling from Sydney, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Whitsunday Island, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

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

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 7th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 8th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, and get outside with Port Douglas Microlights.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Whitsunday Island to Port Douglas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Port Douglas when traveling from Whitsunday Island in October, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 10th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: take a tour by water with Shaolin Junk Cruises, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, and hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Cairns online tour builder .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Shaolin Junk Cruises
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Shaolin Junk Cruises ©
Shaolin Junk Cruises

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