19 days in Great Barrier Reef, Sydney & Greater Melbourne Itinerary

19 days in Great Barrier Reef, Sydney & Greater Melbourne Itinerary

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19 days in Great Barrier Reef, Sydney & Greater Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + ferry:  5​h 45​min
3
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
St Kilda
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Mumbai

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.
When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, approximately 32 minutes away. Spend the 30th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 1st (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

Make your Cairns itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Mumbai, India to Cairns is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Mumbai to Cairns. In September, Cairns is a bit cooler than Mumbai - with highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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 (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 4th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and look for gifts at With Sugar.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas travel planner.

You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a 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 (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

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

2
nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): race across the water with a speed boat tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach trip app .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry from Port Douglas to Airlie Beach in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. When traveling from Port Douglas in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

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: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, and get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip builder .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Sydney in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Sydney, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to St Kilda.

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

4
nights
St Kilda

St Kilda ©
St Kilda is an inner suburb (neighbourhood) of the metropolitan area of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 6 km south-east of Melbourne's Central Business District. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around St Kilda: Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee) and Namatjira Park (in Clayton). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach, identify plant and animal life at Damper Creek Reserve, examine the collection at Scienceworks, and take a leisurely stroll along Gem Pier.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read St Kilda trip planner .

Fly from Sydney to St Kilda in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in October, things will get little chillier in St Kilda: highs are around 23°C and lows about 11°C. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in St Kilda

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Elwood Canal, Werribee Open Range Zoo, Namatjira Park, Collingwood Children's Farm, Windsor Siding
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Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Scienceworks ©
Scienceworks

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