23 days in Sydney, Port Douglas & Gold Coast Itinerary

23 days in Sydney, Port Douglas & Gold Coast Itinerary

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23 days in Sydney, Port Douglas & Gold Coast Itinerary

Start: Cardiff
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  3​h 30​min
2
Port Douglas
— 6 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h
3
Gold Coast
— 7 nights
Fly:  2​h
4
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  28​h
End: Cardiff

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Taronga Zoo, BridgeClimb and Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, head outdoors with Watsons Bay, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Sydney online trip maker .

Cardiff, UK to Sydney is an approximately 28-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Cardiff to Sydney, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cardiff in August, Sydney is slightly colder at night with lows of 11°C. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Taronga Zoo
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

6
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises - Day Tour, Four Mile Beach, and other attractions you added. Venture out of the city with trips to Cairns (Esplanade Boardwalk & Esplanade Lagoon Pool).

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas vacation planner .

Getting from Sydney to Port Douglas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in August; daily highs in Port Douglas reach 31°C and lows reach 19°C. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Cairns, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail self-drive option
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Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

7
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Spirit of Gold Coast Whale Watching, SkyPoint Observation Deck, Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast, and other attractions. It doesn't end there: meet the residents at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Gold Coast travel route planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Gold Coast takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Port Douglas in August, with highs in Gold Coast at 25°C and lows at 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

3
nights
Sydney

Sydney
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bondi Beach as well as Blue Ribbon Day Tours - Blue Mountain Tours. See some other sides of Sydney: tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney travel planner .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in August, you will find days in Sydney are a bit cooler (22°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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