19 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

19 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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19 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  24​h
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h 15​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Mackay
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Townsville
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  4​h 30​min
7
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  26​h
End: London

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Bondi Beach and Clovelly. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Rocks and Australian National Maritime Museum. And it doesn't end there: hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, and contemplate the long history of Justice & Police Museum.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Sydney trip itinerary site .

London, UK to Sydney is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from London to Sydney, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. In January, Sydney is warmer than London - with highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 23:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get some cultural insight at Melbourne Central and Old Melbourne Gaol. Explore hidden gems such as Art Gallery of Ballarat and Prom Country Cheese. Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: Portal 108 (in Hepburn Springs), Ballan Farmers Market (in Ballan) and Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery (in Yarra Glen). There's lots more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Degraves Street, look for gifts at Readings Book Shop, browse the different shops at Emporium Melbourne, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne attractions site .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Sydney in January, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Shopping, #Museums, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Merricks General Store, Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery, Prom Country Cheese, Ballan Farmers Market, Art Gallery of Ballarat
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 28:
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Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 29th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Whitsunday Island online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Melbourne to Whitsunday Island by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in January; daily highs in Whitsunday Island reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

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

1
night
Airlie Beach

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.
On the 30th (Wed), look for gifts at Grotty Yachty Clothing, then look for gifts at Whitsunday Opals, then kick back and relax at Boathaven Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

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You can ride a ferry from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach in 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 29 — 30:
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Grotty Yachty Clothing ©
Grotty Yachty Clothing
Whitsunday Opals ©
Whitsunday Opals

2
nights
Mackay

Mackay ©
Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. On the 31st (Thu), view the masterpieces at Artspace Mackay, kick back and relax at Bucasia Beach, and then kick back and relax at Lamberts Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Let the Children Play Toyshop, view the masterpieces at Fredericks Showcase Space, buy something for everyone on your list at Caneland Central Shopping Centre, then kick back and relax at Town Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Harbour Beach.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Mackay online holiday maker .

You can drive from Airlie Beach to Mackay in 2 hours. January in Mackay sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Mackay

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 1:
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Town Beach ©
Town Beach
Lamberts Beach ©
Lamberts Beach
Caneland Central Shopping Centre ©
Caneland Central Shopping Centre

1
night
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): view the masterpieces at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at Pinnacles Gallery, then stop by CoffeeWorks, then stroll through The Strand, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Castle Hill.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mackay to Townsville. February in Townsville sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Townsville

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 2:
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Pinnacles Gallery ©
Pinnacles Gallery
CoffeeWorks ©
CoffeeWorks

2
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): look for gifts at Whileaway, then hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas, then take in the exciting artwork at Des Spencer Galleries, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Funstuff by Lynda, view the masterpieces at Ngarru Gallery, stop by Coffee Works, then stop by With Sugar, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip maker tool .

Getting from Townsville to Port Douglas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In February, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Shopping, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 4:
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With Sugar ©
With Sugar
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Spas & Wellness

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