9 days in Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

9 days in Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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9 days in Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Nagoya
train + Fly:  14​h
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Auckland

4
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Nook and Shelly Beach. Head to Sydney Fish Market and Belle Fleur Fine Chocolatesfor some retail therapy. Change things up with a short trip to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Katoomba (about 1h 40 min away). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Clovelly, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and kick back and relax at Manly Beach.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip website .

Nagoya, Japan to Sydney is an approximately 14-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nagoya to Sydney. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Nagoya in December: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 32°C and lows are around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Shelly Beach, The Nook, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

2
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Palm Cove Beach and Floravilla Ice Cream Factory. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Four Mile Beach. Next up on the itinerary: hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas, relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and look for gifts at With Sugar.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas vacation planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Sydney to Port Douglas takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Port Douglas hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Floravilla Ice Cream Factory
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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