30 days in Great Barrier Reef & Melbourne Itinerary

30 days in Great Barrier Reef & Melbourne Itinerary

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30 days in Great Barrier Reef & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Yangon (Rangoon)
Fly:  22​h
1
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h
2
Ayr
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Townsville
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  4​h 30​min
4
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
6
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h 15​min
7
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  6​h
8
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Yangon (Rangoon)

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, don't miss a visit to K'gari, kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach, and enjoy the sea views from Sandy Cape Lighthouse.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Fraser Island online trip itinerary planner .

Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar to Fraser Island is an approximately 22-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Yangon (Rangoon) to Fraser Island. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Ayr.

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

1
day
Ayr

Ayr ©
Ayr is a town and locality in the Shire of Burdekin, Queensland, Australia.GeographyAyr is located 88km south of Townsville on the Bruce Highway and 12km away from the (smaller) town of Home Hill. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Zaro Cultural Gallery, then examine the collection at Ashworth's Treasures of the Earth, and then view the masterpieces at Ayr Nature Display.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Ayr online trip builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Fraser Island to Ayr. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Ayr

Museums

Side Trip

Home Hill
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Ayr Nature Display ©
Ayr Nature Display

2
nights
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 25th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary, kick back and relax at The Strand, and then take in the exciting artwork at The Drill Hall Studio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, head off the coast to Museum of Tropical Queensland, then take in nature's colorful creations at Townsville Palmetum, and finally go for a walk through Castle Hill.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Townsville trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Ayr to Townsville by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September in Townsville, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary

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.
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery and Des Spencer Galleries are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Spend the 27th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 1st (Mon) exploring nature at Mowbray National Park. The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, look for gifts at Coffee Works, tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach, and explore the gorgeous colors at Agincourt Reef.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Townsville to Port Douglas in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. September in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Mossman Gorge
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Mossman Gorge ©
Mossman Gorge

6
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at St Monica's Cathedral and Bones and Jones. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 2nd (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 5th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, identify plant and animal life at Green Arrow Walk, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and take a tour by water with Shaolin Junk Cruises.

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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. In October, daytime highs in Cairns are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Whitsunday Island holiday builder site .

You can fly from Cairns to Whitsunday Island in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in October, Whitsunday Island is slightly colder at night with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

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

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.
On the 9th (Tue), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. Spend the 10th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach trip maker site .

You can ride a ferry from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach in 1.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Whitsunday Island in October: highs in Airlie Beach hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

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

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.
National Gallery of Victoria and Shrine of Remembrance are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at Melbourne Museum and Australian Centre for the Moving Image capture your imagination. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Federation Square, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Melbourne tour builder site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Melbourne takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. When traveling from Airlie Beach in October, plan for slightly colder days in Melbourne, with highs around 24°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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