9 days in Greater Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

9 days in Greater Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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9 days in Greater Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly + train:  13​h 15​min
1
Mosman
— 1 day
+2
train + Fly + shuttle:  6​h
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  11​h 45​min
End: Bangkok

1
day
Mosman

Mosman ©
If it weren't for the amazing view of Sydney Harbour, Mosman might seem light-years away from Australia's largest and busiest city.
On the 9th (Sun), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Taronga Zoo, then contemplate the long history of Vaucluse House, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nielsen Park, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Shelly Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Mosman driving holiday planner .

Bangkok, Thailand to Mosman is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time (ICT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) is 3 hours. Traveling from Bangkok in December, expect Mosman to be slightly colder, temps between 31°C and 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Mosman

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Vaucluse, Shelly Beach
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Taronga Zoo ©
Taronga Zoo
Shelly Beach ©
Shelly Beach
Vaucluse House ©
Vaucluse House

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.
On the 10th (Mon), take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Janbal Gallery, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market Port Douglas, look for gifts at Coffee Works, stop by Funstuff by Lynda, then take in the exciting artwork at Des Spencer Galleries, and finally stop by With Sugar.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas driving holiday planning tool .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and shuttle from Mosman to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Mosman in December, with highs in Port Douglas at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Janbal Gallery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Janbal Gallery ©
Janbal Gallery
Sunday Market Port Douglas ©
Sunday Market Port Douglas

5
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.
Head to Tanks Arts Centre and Luminous Lightsfor plenty of shopping. St Monica's Cathedral and Bones and Jones are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Palm Cove, approximately 44 minutes away. Spend the 12th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: browse the different shops at Smithfield Shopping Centre, look for gifts at Cairns Central Shopping Centre, learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, and hunt for treasures at Rusty's Market.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns journey maker tool .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In December in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. On the 16th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Shopping

Side Trips

The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Smithfield Shopping Centre, Tanks Arts Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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