8 days in Great Barrier Reef & Sydney Itinerary

8 days in Great Barrier Reef & Sydney Itinerary

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8 days in Great Barrier Reef & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 15​min
3
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Los Angeles

1
night
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 25th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

To find maps and other tourist information, use the Cairns trip planner .

Los Angeles, USA to Cairns is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Cairns is 18 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in November, expect Cairns to be a bit warmer, temps between 87°F and 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip planner.

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in November, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling

2
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and appreciate the history behind Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

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Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Sydney in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Port Douglas in November, things will get little chillier in Sydney: highs are around 77°F and lows about 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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