31 days in Great Barrier Reef, Sydney & Kangaroo Island Itinerary

31 days in Great Barrier Reef, Sydney & Kangaroo Island Itinerary

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31 days in Great Barrier Reef, Sydney & Kangaroo Island Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
2
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + ferry:  5​h 45​min
3
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
4
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  10​h 15​min
5
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
6
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Kangaroo Island
— 6 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Berlin

4
nights
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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 2nd (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 4th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, admire the striking features of Freshwater Station, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary planning app .

Berlin, Germany to Cairns is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 9 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
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.
Spend the 6th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 7th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. In April in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
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.
On the 10th (Wed), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. Spend the 11th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stroll through Airlie Beach Lagoon, look for gifts at Grotty Yachty Clothing, and view the masterpieces at Above & Below Photography Gallery.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Airlie Beach day trip app .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry from Port Douglas to Airlie Beach takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. While traveling from Port Douglas, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Whitsunday Island trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by bus from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island takes an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect slightly colder evenings in Whitsunday Island when traveling from Airlie Beach in April, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, beaches, outdoors, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, visit a coastal fixture at Sandy Cape Lighthouse, make a trip to K'gari, and enjoy the sand and surf at Indian Head.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Fraser Island online travel planner .

Getting from Whitsunday Island to Fraser Island by combination of flight, ferry, and car takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Indian Head ©
Indian Head
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

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.
When in Sydney, make a side trip to see Wentworth Falls in Katoomba, approximately 1h 35 min away. There's lots more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Sydney in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. April in Sydney sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Wentworth Falls
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

6
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Spend the 24th (Wed) exploring nature at Flinders Chase National Park. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Raptor Domain, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Kangaroo Island Brewery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Stokes Beach, and get outside with Remarkable Rocks.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kangaroo Island trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Kangaroo Island takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, ferry, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Admirals Arch ©
Admirals Arch

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