9 days in Great Barrier Reef & Sydney Itinerary

9 days in Great Barrier Reef & Sydney Itinerary

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9 days in Great Barrier Reef & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Spokane
Fly:  29​h
1
Cairns
— 1 day
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
3
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Spokane

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 3rd (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip maker .

Spokane, USA to Cairns is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 18 hours. Traveling from Spokane in November, expect Cairns to be warmer, temps between 87°F and 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 4th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Whitsunday Island tour itinerary builder .

You can fly from Cairns to Whitsunday Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairns in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Whitsunday Island, with lows of 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

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

5
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.
Appreciate the collections at Australian National Maritime Museum and Brett Whiteley Studio. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour. When in Sydney, make a side trip to see Bilpin Cider Company in Bilpin, approximately 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, see the interesting displays at Hyde Park Barracks Museum, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Sydney online tour planner .

Getting from Whitsunday Island to Sydney by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Whitsunday Island in November: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 77°F and lows are around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Bilpin Cider Company
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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