22 days in Sydney, Byron Bay & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

22 days in Sydney, Byron Bay & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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22 days in Sydney, Byron Bay & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  24​h
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
2
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h 15​min
3
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
4
Daydream Island
— 1 night
Travel:  2​h 45​min
5
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  3​h 45​min
6
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London


5
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.
Kids will enjoy Bondi Beach and Australian National Maritime Museum. The adventure continues: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, make a trip to Sydney Harbour Bridge, and kick back and relax at Coogee Beach.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip builder .

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. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from London in March: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 30°C and lows are around 22°C. On the 31st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Nielsen Park
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

2
nights
Byron Bay

Byron Bay ©
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
On the 1st (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Broken Head Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Wategos Beach, and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Byron Bay holiday builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Byron Bay takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Byron Bay are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Broken Head Beach
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Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach
Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kids will appreciate attractions like Indian Head and Eli Creek. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, explore and take pictures at Maheno Wreck, and stroll through Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To find maps and other tourist information, go to the Fraser Island route builder app .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Byron Bay to Fraser Island in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, train, car, and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Fraser Island when traveling from Byron Bay in April, with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Daydream Island.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

1
night
Daydream Island

Daydream Island
For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Daydream Island trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Fraser Island to Daydream Island. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Daydream Island when traveling from Fraser Island in April, with lows around 26°C. On the 7th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Daydream Island

Wildlife Parks
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1
night
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Hamilton Island trip itinerary website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Daydream Island to Hamilton Island. In April, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Wildlife Adventure Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Kids will enjoy Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. And it doesn't end there: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, choose your vessel at Shaolin Junk Cruises, do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas online travel route planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Hamilton Island to Port Douglas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and shuttle. April in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Shaolin Junk Cruises
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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.
Attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Muddy's Playground make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). It doesn't end there: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk and get outside with Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

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Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 14:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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