17 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

17 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

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17 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Exeter
train + Fly:  27​h
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly + train:  27​h
End: Exeter

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.
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, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Coogee Beach.

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Exeter, UK to Sydney is an approximately 27-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Exeter to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
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The Rocks

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 23rd (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, get lost in a book at State Library of Victoria, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo.

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Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in October, expect Melbourne to be little chillier, temps between 24°C and 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Spas & Wellness, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, & more) and Port Douglas (Safaris & Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas). Spend the 24th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, tour the water at your own pace with Shaolin Junk Cruises, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and get your game on at Cairns Kart Hire Track.

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Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Melbourne, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

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Palm Cove, Port Douglas, Cairns Kart Hire Track
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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