6 days in Great Barrier Reef, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

6 days in Great Barrier Reef, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

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6 days in Great Barrier Reef, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Ahmedabad
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h
2
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Ahmedabad

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip planner.

Ahmedabad, India to Cairns is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 4 hour difference. Traveling from Ahmedabad in November, plan for a bit warmer nights in Cairns, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, see a show at Sydney Opera House, then stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): wander the streets of The Rocks, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and then wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney day trip planning app .

Fly from Cairns to Sydney in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Cairns in November; daily highs in Sydney reach 29°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
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Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, then enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Melbourne trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sydney in November since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 11°C. On the 20th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
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Melbourne Zoo
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Melbourne Museum

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