19 days in Sydney, Great Barrier Reef & Melbourne Itinerary

19 days in Sydney, Great Barrier Reef & Melbourne Itinerary

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19 days in Sydney, Great Barrier Reef & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly:  26​h
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h 15​min
3
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  6​h
4
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Ottawa

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Rocks and Sydney Opera House. Head to Sydney Fish Market and ATTY Galleryfor some retail therapy. Spend the 16th (Fri) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, make a trip to Queen Victoria Building (QVB), tour the pleasant surroundings at Coogee Beach, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney online journey maker .

Ottawa, Canada to Sydney is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Ottawa to Sydney is 15 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Ottawa in November: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 29°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

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

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 17th (Sat), step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands National Park and then stroll through Whitehaven Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Whitsunday Island trip planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Whitsunday Island in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in November, you will find days in Whitsunday Island are somewhat warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

3
nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Heart Reef will get you outdoors. On the 20th (Tue), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's more to do: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure and tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach tour planner .

Traveling by ferry from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 27°C in Airlie Beach. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

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Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

6
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
For shopping fun, head to Melbourne Central or Lightning Ridge Opal Mines. Take a break from the city and head to Melbourne Zoo and Trin Warren Tam-boore. Spend the 26th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, pause for some serene contemplation at St Michael's Church, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Melbourne trip website .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Melbourne by combination of bus and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Airlie Beach in November: highs in Melbourne hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Warrandyte State Park ©
Warrandyte State Park
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

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