19 days in Melbourne, Queensland & Sydney Itinerary

19 days in Melbourne, Queensland & Sydney Itinerary

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19 days in Melbourne, Queensland & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h
5
Sydney
— 5 nights
End: Sydney

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Shrine of Remembrance and Melbourne Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Melbourne Zoo and Warrandyte State Park. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, and ponder the world of politics at Parliament House of Victoria.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary site .

Sydney to Melbourne is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In September, Melbourne is a bit cooler than Sydney - with highs of 63°F and lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Museums, #Outdoors

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Historic Village Herberton and St Monica's Cathedral. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Spend the 30th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk and take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Cairns trip builder site .

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 83°F to lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach, Historic Village Herberton
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

3
nights
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Four Mile Beach. Spend the 5th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge, do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and look for gifts at Coffee Works.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas road trip planner .

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in October, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Tours

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery ©

2
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Get outdoors at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Cape Tribulation Beach. Visit Myall Beach and Cow Bay Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of Cape Tribulation to go to Cow Bay and see Daintree Discovery Centre, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Spend the 6th (Sat) exploring nature at Daintree National Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation by combination of car and ferry takes about 2 hours. October in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trip

Cow Bay
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Get some historical perspective at The Rocks and Olympia Milk Bar. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Pulpit Rock Lookout (in Blue Mountains National Park), Coachwood Glen Nature Trail (in Megalong Valley) and Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba). Next up on the itinerary: see a show at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, stroll through Manly Beach, and explore the world behind art at Brett Whiteley Studio.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Sydney online trip maker .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Cape Tribulation to Sydney takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Cape Tribulation in October, expect Sydney to be slightly colder, temps between 76°F and 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, Featherdale Wildlife Park, Wentworth Falls, Pulpit Rock Lookout
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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