26 days in Melbourne, Adelaide & Cairns Itinerary

26 days in Melbourne, Adelaide & Cairns Itinerary

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26 days in Melbourne, Adelaide & Cairns Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  25​h
1
Melbourne
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Adelaide
— 8 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Cairns
— 8 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

7
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
When in Melbourne, make a side trip to see Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee, approximately 42 minutes away. Dedicate the 17th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, don't miss a visit to Block Arcade, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne online travel planner .

London, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from London to Melbourne, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer weather when traveling from London in December: highs in Melbourne hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

8
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Venture out of the city with trips to Greenock (Ballycroft Vineyard and Cellars, Kalleske Wines, & more), Seppeltsfield (in Seppeltsfield) and Wolf Blass (in Nuriootpa). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Adelaide Botanic Garden, learn about winemaking at Peter Lehmann Wines, learn more about the world around you at South Australian Museum, and steep yourself in history at Adelaide Oval.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Adelaide travel route app .

You can fly from Melbourne to Adelaide in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Adelaide

#Wineries, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Tanunda, Greenock, Marananga, Eden Valley, Wolf Blass
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Seppeltsfield ©
Seppeltsfield
Adelaide Botanic Garden ©
Adelaide Botanic Garden
Murray Street Vineyards ©
Murray Street Vineyards

8
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach) and Port Douglas (Safaris, Four Mile Beach, & more). Spend the 28th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, stroll through Anzac Park, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cairns online trip builder .

You can fly from Adelaide to Cairns in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Adelaide in December; daily highs in Cairns reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. You will leave for home on the 4th (Fri).

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Cairns Kart Hire Track
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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