9 days in Great Barrier Reef, Sydney & Canberra Itinerary

9 days in Great Barrier Reef, Sydney & Canberra Itinerary

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9 days in Great Barrier Reef, Sydney & Canberra Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Sydney
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  27​h
End: Berlin


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.
To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planner.

Berlin, Germany to Cairns is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Berlin to Cairns. January in Cairns sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Adventure Wildlife Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. January in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Adventure Wildlife Outdoors
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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: see a show at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, pause for some photo ops at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Sydney takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Port Douglas in January: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 32°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

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

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night
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, then don't miss a visit to Mount Ainslie Lookout, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Canberra trip builder website .

Getting from Sydney to Canberra by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Canberra, with lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

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