13 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

13 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

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13 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  24​h
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

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.
Get outdoors at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Spend the 6th (Fri) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's still lots to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Clovelly, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Sydney trip planner .

London, UK to Sydney is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from London in July: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 21°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

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

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Kilda Beach and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, and then admire the landmark architecture of Royal Exhibition Building.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne day trip website .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in July: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 15°C and lows are around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens

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 in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Shaolin Junk Cruises. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Spas & Wellness, & more). There's more to do: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach and do some two-wheel cruising with Trail Bike Adventures.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Melbourne in July, with highs in Cairns at 30°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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