29 days in Great Barrier Reef & Sydney Itinerary

29 days in Great Barrier Reef & Sydney Itinerary

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29 days in Great Barrier Reef & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Munich
Fly:  33​h
1
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
2
Sydney
— 8 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 45​min
3
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h 15​min
4
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  4​h
5
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Munich

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, beaches, outdoors, historic sites, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, tour the pleasant surroundings at Indian Head, kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach, and make a trip to K'gari.

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Munich, Germany to Fraser Island is an approximately 33-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 9 hours. In December, Fraser Island is much warmer than Munich - with highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake Wabby ©
Lake Wabby

8
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.
Spend the 28th (Fri) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's much more to do: listen to music at Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Sydney travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Sydney takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

3
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.
Airlie Beach is known for adventure, beaches, spas, outdoors, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, get interesting insight from Tours, enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and get a new perspective on things with Cumberland Charter Yachts.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach road trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Airlie Beach in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Airlie Beach when traveling from Sydney in December, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Speed Boats Tours
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Whitehaven Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Whitsunday Island route planning tool .

Ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time 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

5
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 6th (Sun) exploring nature at Mowbray National Park. There's lots more to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, stop by Funstuff by Lynda, kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, and play a few rounds at Port Douglas Golf Tours.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas online day trip planner .

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 January, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Tours

Side Trip

Mossman
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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 (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Palm Cove Beach, & more). Spend the 8th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, choose your vessel at Shaolin Junk Cruises, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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