16 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

16 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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16 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Manila, Luzon
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Whitsunday Island
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  48​h
End: Manila, Luzon

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Popular historic sites such as Shrine of Remembrance and Old Melbourne Gaol are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Melbourne Zoo, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and browse the collection at State Library of Victoria.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne trip builder site .

Manila, Philippines to Melbourne is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Manila to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Manila in April; daily highs in Melbourne reach 23°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

7
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 itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Take a break from Sydney with a short trip to Featherdale Wildlife Park in Blacktown, about 46 minutes away. Spend the 3rd (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Muogamarra Nature Reserve, let the kids burn off some steam at Cremorne Reserve, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, and see a show at Sydney Opera House.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Sydney vacation builder site .

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sydney, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Featherdale Wildlife Park
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

1
day
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): head off the coast to Whitsunday Islands National Park.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Whitsunday Island trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Whitsunday Island takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in May, expect Whitsunday Island to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

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