13 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

13 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Dallas
Fly:  19 h 15 min
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
3
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h
4
Port Douglas
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h 45 min
5
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  19 h 15 min
End: Dallas

4
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.
You'll explore and learn at Australian National Maritime Museum and Australian Centre for Photography. Step out of the city life by going to Bondi Beach and Bondi to Coogee Walk. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through The Rocks, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, and kick back and relax at Clovelly Beach.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planner.

Dallas, USA to Sydney is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to Sydney is 16 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Dallas in August, with highs in Sydney at 66°F and lows at 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Do your shopping at Melbourne Central and Craft Victoria. Museum-lovers will get to explore Melbourne Museum and National Gallery of Victoria. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne trip itinerary builder website.

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Sydney in August, with highs in Melbourne at 57°F and lows at 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Whitsunday Islands National Park.

Find out how to plan Whitsunday Island trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Whitsunday Island takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in August; daily highs in Whitsunday Island reach 77°F and lows reach 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

1
night
Port Douglas

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.
On the 13th (Tue), look for gifts at With Sugar and then hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas route planner.

Traveling by flight from Whitsunday Island to Port Douglas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and shuttle. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in August, Port Douglas is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 62°F. On the 13th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Shopping
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Sunday Market Port Douglas ©
Sunday Market Port Douglas
With Sugar ©
With Sugar

1
night
Sydney

Sydney ©
On the 14th (Wed), take in the pleasant sights at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Port Douglas to Sydney in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Port Douglas in August, things will get little chillier in Sydney: highs are around 66°F and lows about 49°F. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.
Highlights from your plan
The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk ©

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