16 days in Sydney, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

16 days in Sydney, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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16 days in Sydney, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
3
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h
4
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
5
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Manchester

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.
Get outdoors at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. The Rocks and Australian National Maritime Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Shelly Beach in Manly (about 36 minutes away). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Newport Beach, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney online travel route planner .

Manchester, UK to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) is 10 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in October: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 28°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

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

2
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
On the 19th (Fri), trek along Kuniya Walk, take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and finally trek along Uluru Hiking Path. On your second day here, appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then get outside with Walpa Gorge.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Sydney, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

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Helicopter Tours
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Agincourt Reef. Spend the 22nd (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in October, you will find days in Port Douglas are little chillier (34°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (23°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trip

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Whitsunday Island sightseeing planner .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Whitsunday Island in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Port Douglas in October, Whitsunday Island is slightly colder at night with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

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

2
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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 25th (Thu), take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach, and then relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns online travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Whitsunday Island to Cairns takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 24°C in Cairns. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Adventure

Side Trip

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

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