13 days in Great Barrier Reef, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

13 days in Great Barrier Reef, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

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Cairns
— 1 night
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
3
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
4
Melbourne
— 2 nights
5
Sydney
— 3 nights

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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.
On the 4th (Sun), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: explore the galleries of Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns, view the masterpieces at Cairns Art Gallery, then take a stroll around Tanks Arts Centre, then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and finally hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cairns online trip itinerary planner.

Dallas, USA to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. You'll lose 16 hours traveling from Dallas to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Dallas in August, with highs in Cairns at 80°F and lows at 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Tanks Arts Centre
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Photography Tours

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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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. There's much more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, get engrossed in the history at Port Douglas Court House Museum, and look for gifts at Coffee Works Port Douglas.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas online attractions planner.

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Whitsunday Island route builder tool.

Fly from Port Douglas to Whitsunday Island in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Port Douglas in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 52°F in Whitsunday Island. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet

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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 10th (Sat): explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Scots Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, then appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance, then see the interesting displays at Australian Sports Museum, and finally stop by Koko Black.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Melbourne trip maker app.

You can fly from Whitsunday Island to Melbourne in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Whitsunday Island, expect colder days and a bit cooler nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 57°F to lows of 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums · Parks · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
Australian Sports Museum ©
Australian Sports Museum

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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.
Visiting Bondi Beach and Bondi to Coogee Walk will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sydney Opera House and Australian National Maritime Museum. There's much more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, take a stroll through The Rocks, explore the world behind art at White Rabbit Gallery, and admire the striking features of Queen Victoria Building.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip builder tool.

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in August: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 66°F and lows are around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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