12 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

12 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

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12 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  23​h
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Dallas

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Melbourne Zoo.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne attractions site .

Dallas, USA to Melbourne is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of tram and flight; or do a combination of tram, flight, and train. Traveling from Dallas to Melbourne, you'll lose 16 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Dallas in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Melbourne, with highs around 73°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Museums, #Parks, #Historic Sites
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National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

2
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales, and hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sydney trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in November, Sydney is a bit warmer at night with lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

3
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Safaris (in Port Douglas). Spend the 11th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cairns online route planner .

Getting from Sydney to Cairns by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in November, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 87°F and 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Tours

Side Trips

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

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