16 days in Great Barrier Reef, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

16 days in Great Barrier Reef, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

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16 days in Great Barrier Reef, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​h
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  9​h
4
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Berlin

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Munro Martin Parklands. On your second day here, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cairns day trip site .

Berlin, Germany to Cairns is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Berlin to Cairns. In September, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove 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 3rd (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 4th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, look for gifts at With Sugar, and stroll through Four Mile Beach.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip planner .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. October in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Douglas

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

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.
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, appreciate the history behind Mrs Macquarie's Chair, stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and wander the streets of The Rocks.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip builder .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Sydney in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and train. Traveling from Port Douglas in October, things will get a bit cooler in Sydney: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. On the 10th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Melbourne.

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

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Melbourne trip builder site .

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Sydney in October; daily highs in Melbourne reach 24°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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