22 days in Perth, Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

22 days in Perth, Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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22 days in Perth, Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  23​h
1
Perth
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
2
Sydney
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 45​min
3
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
bus:  45​min
4
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  4​h
5
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
6
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Manchester

3
nights
Perth

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Step out of Perth with an excursion to Fremantle Prison in Fremantle--about 32 minutes away. Dedicate the 3rd (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, explore the activities along Swan River, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Claremont.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Perth travel route planner.

Manchester, UK to Perth is an approximately 23-hour flight. Traveling from Manchester to Perth, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manchester in March, expect Perth to be much warmer, temps between 34°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Perth

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trips

Fremantle, Lake Claremont
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison

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: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sydney road trip site .

You can fly from Perth to Sydney in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Perth to Sydney. Traveling from Perth in April, expect nights in Sydney to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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.
Spend the 9th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 10th (Wed), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. The adventure continues: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, browse the exhibits of Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop, and look for gifts at Into The Blue Gallery.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach trip maker .

Getting from Sydney to Airlie Beach by combination of flight and bus takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. In April, Airlie Beach is a bit warmer than Sydney - with highs of 31°C and lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 12th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then stroll through Whitehaven Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Whitsunday Island trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by bus from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island takes an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Airlie Beach in April, plan for little chillier nights in Whitsunday Island, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

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

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 13th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 15th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas travel route planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Whitsunday Island to Port Douglas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. In April, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

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

4
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 (Palm Cove Beach & Spas & Wellness). Spend the 16th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 17th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, explore and take pictures at Captain Cook Highway, tour the water at your own pace with Shaolin Junk Cruises, and have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

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Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In April in Cairns, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 19:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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