22 days in Cairns, Darwin & Melbourne Itinerary

22 days in Cairns, Darwin & Melbourne Itinerary

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22 days in Cairns, Darwin & Melbourne Itinerary

Vancouver
Fly:  17​h 15​min
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
Darwin
— 5 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
Melbourne
— 9 nights
Fly:  19​h
Vancouver

5
days
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.
Visiting Palm Cove Beach and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures will get you outdoors. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Four Mile Beach and Yorkeys Knob Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas & Safaris). Spend the 8th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: stroll through Trinity Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, get outside with Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cairns online sightseeing planner .

Vancouver, Canada to Cairns is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Vancouver to Cairns, you'll lose 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Vancouver in June; daily highs in Cairns reach 30°C and lows reach 21°C. On the 13th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

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

4
days
Darwin

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The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Koolpin Gorge and RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Mindil Beach and Crocosaurus Cove. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Arnhem Land Escarpment, examine the collection at Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, take in the waterfront at Darwin Wharf Precinct, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Darwin online trip itinerary maker .

Fly from Cairns to Darwin in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cairns in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Darwin: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 23°C at night. You will leave for Melbourne on the 18th (Mon).

Things to do in Darwin

#Parks, #Nature, #Theme Parks

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
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Crocosaurus Cove

9
days
Melbourne

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The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
For shopping fun, head to Melbourne Central or Lightning Ridge Opal Mines. Take a break from the city and head to St. Kilda Beach and Melbourne Zoo. Spend the 23rd (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Shrine of Remembrance, browse the eclectic array of goods at South Melbourne Market, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, and take a stroll through Collins St/Swanston St.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne tour builder app .

Fly from Darwin to Melbourne in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Darwin in June, things will get much colder in Melbourne: highs are around 15°C and lows about 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Shopping, #Outdoors, #Museums

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Central
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

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