17 days in Port Douglas, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

17 days in Port Douglas, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

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17 days in Port Douglas, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
1
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 9 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  26​h
End: New York City

4
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 18th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 20th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas vacation website .

Sydney to Port Douglas is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in May, with highs in Port Douglas at 82°F and lows at 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

9
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay) and Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee). Dedicate the 29th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, take a memorable tour with Tours, browse the collection at State Library of Victoria, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne day trip site .

Getting from Port Douglas to Melbourne by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Port Douglas in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Melbourne, with highs around 63°F, while nights are colder with lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Parks

Side Trips

Historic St Andrew's Anglican Church, Werribee Open Range Zoo, The Great Ocean Road, Princes Pier
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, then listen to music at Sydney Opera House, then take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and then wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in May, with highs in Sydney at 70°F and lows at 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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