16 days in Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

16 days in Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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16 days in Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Munich
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
2
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  9​h
3
Whitsunday Island
— 1 day
Fly + shuttle:  4​h
4
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Munich

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.
The Rocks and Justice & Police Museum will appeal to history buffs. Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. And it doesn't end there: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and stroll through Clovelly.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip maker site .

Munich, Germany to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Munich to Sydney, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Sydney is warmer than Munich - with highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Relax by the water at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Fraser Island day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Sydney to Fraser Island takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. In December, daily temperatures in Fraser Island can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Fraser Island

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

1
day
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 30th (Sun), explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Whitsunday Island trip planner .

Do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Whitsunday Island in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in December, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas route maker site .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Whitsunday Island to Port Douglas in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 2nd (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cairns route maker site .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In January in Cairns, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

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