18 days in Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

18 days in Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

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18 days in Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Verona
train + Fly:  28​h
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Cairns
— 10 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Verona

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 18th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, and contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne road trip tool .

Verona, Italy to Melbourne is an approximately 28-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) is 9 hours. October in Melbourne sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

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

10
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 (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Palm Cove Beach, & more), Port Douglas (Safaris, Four Mile Beach, & more) and Cape Tribulation (Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness & Daintree National Park). Spend the 21st (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns travel planning app .

You can fly from Melbourne to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Melbourne, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Cape Tribulation, Trinity Beach, Yorkeys Knob Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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