We are travelling to Australia from Scotland in Sept/Oct later this year. Our original reason for travel is to visit my sister-in-law in Perth but I insisted we see a bit of Australia whilst there. We arrive in Melbourne on the 12th Sept and are there through the weekend, until at least the 17th. We intend to fly to Perth on 29th.
I’d like to visit Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef also; we are so short on time though…
What is the most efficient way to get to the reef for a couple of days?
I’d originally looked at Airlie Beach, and Hamilton Island – they seem ideal at first look in terms of location.
However as I’m looking into it more, it seems it involves getting flights into Proserpine then travel to Airlie Beach then Hamilton Island; the cost and time will likely add up. Cairns looks easier to get to by plane, but a less ideal overall location.
Can anyone offer some advice to help me on this?
I think given our schedule, we might only have 4-5 days including travel time.
Thanks in advance