15 days in Sydney, Great Barrier Reef & Brisbane Itinerary

15 days in Sydney, Great Barrier Reef & Brisbane Itinerary

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15 days in Sydney, Great Barrier Reef & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 15​min
2
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
3
Mossman
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
5
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Manchester

2
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Rocks and Sydney Opera House. Escape the urban bustle at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Step out of Sydney to go to Manly and see Shelly Beach, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Newport Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney day trip planning tool .

Manchester, UK to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Manchester to Sydney. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Manchester in October, with highs in Sydney at 28°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Take a break from the city and head to Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Wanggoolba Creek. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Indian Head and Eli Creek.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Fraser Island itinerary app .

Getting from Sydney to Fraser Island by combination of flight, ferry, and car takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. In October, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mossman.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

1
day
Mossman

Mossman is a town and a locality in Far North Queensland, Australia, on the Mossman River. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Mossman trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Fraser Island to Mossman. Traveling from Fraser Island in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 23°C in Mossman. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Mossman

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Tours

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
On the 22nd (Mon), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach, and then explore and take pictures at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Mossman to Cairns in 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

You can plan Whitsunday Island trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Getting from Cairns to Whitsunday Island by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Whitsunday Island, with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Brisbane.

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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nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dicky Beach. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable drive along Captain Cook Highway, let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, and then take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Whitsunday Island to Brisbane takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in October, you will find days in Brisbane are little chillier (29°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Captain Cook Highway
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
City Botanic Gardens ©
City Botanic Gardens

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