23 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

23 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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23 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Bristol
train + Fly:  26​h
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 30​min
3
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  9​h
4
Whitsunday Island
— 1 day
Fly + shuttle:  4​h
5
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Bristol

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Bondi Beach and Newport Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Rocks and Darling Harbour. There's lots more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Clovelly, enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach, and see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planner .

Bristol, UK to Sydney is an approximately 26-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in November, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

3
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Take a break from the city and head to Burleigh Heads Beach and Kirra Beach. Visit Surfer's Paradise Beach and Coolangatta Beach for some beach relaxation. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Head National Park, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Shopping Centre, and enjoy the sea views from Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip maker site .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Gold Coast takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Indian Head. Visiting Lake McKenzie and Wanggoolba Creek will get you outdoors.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island holiday maker site .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Gold Coast to Fraser Island in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. In November, daily temperatures in Fraser Island can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

1
day
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Whitsunday Island day trip website .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Whitsunday Island takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In November in Whitsunday Island, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

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

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge, and meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Whitsunday Island to Port Douglas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. In November, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. You'll get in some beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Yorkeys Knob Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Spas & Wellness) and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda). Spend the 22nd (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach and choose your vessel at Shaolin Junk Cruises.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cairns holiday builder app .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. November in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Shaolin Junk Cruises, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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