30 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Cairns Region Itinerary

30 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Cairns Region Itinerary

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30 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Cairns Region Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly:  23​h 30​min
Melbourne
— 8 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Sydney
— 8 nights
Fly:  5​h
Cairns
— 11 nights
Fly + train:  23​h 30​min
End: Brussels

8
days
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lake Eildon National Park and Ballarat Wildlife Park. Escape the urban bustle at Point Addis Marine National Park and Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: Yea (Yea Wetlands & Y Water Discovery Centre), Devilbend Natural Features Reserve (in Moorooduc) and Melton Botanic Garden (in Melton). And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, identify plant and animal life at Coogoorah Park Nature Reserve, kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach, and delve into the lush surroundings at Greens Bush.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Melbourne attractions planner .

Brussels, Belgium to Melbourne is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Brussels to Melbourne. Traveling from Brussels in October, you will find days in Melbourne are somewhat warmer (24°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Anglesea, Yea, Ballarat Wildlife Park, Hanging Rock Reserve, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
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Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park
Y Water Discovery Centre ©
Y Water Discovery Centre
Point Addis Marine National Park ©
Point Addis Marine National Park

8
days
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Jenolan Caves and Munmorah State Conservation Area. Escape the urban bustle at Blue Mountains and Featherdale Wildlife Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Blue Mountains National Park (Pulpit Rock Lookout & Lincoln's Rock), Coachwood Glen Nature Trail (in Megalong Valley) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). Spend the 18th (Thu) exploring nature at Bouddi National Park. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, explore the activities along Watson's Bay, stroll through Cathedral of Ferns Walk, and explore the striking landscape at Yengo National Park.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney holiday planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in October, with highs in Sydney at 28°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Katoomba, Blue Mountains National Park, Yengo National Park, Jenolan Caves, Cathedral of Ferns Walk
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Jenolan Caves ©
Jenolan Caves
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains
Featherdale Wildlife Park ©
Featherdale Wildlife Park

10
days
Cairns

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Palm Cove Beach and Tablelands, Waterfalls, and Spanish Castle. Explore hidden gems such as Trinity Beach and Balloon Rides. Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Palm Cove--about 44 minutes away. Spend the 26th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 27th (Sat) exploring nature at Barron Gorge National Park. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Michaelmas Cay, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, tour the water at your own pace with Shaolin Junk Cruises, and take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cairns journey planner.

Getting from Sydney to Cairns by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in October; daily highs in Cairns reach 34°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Cairns Region, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Trinity Beach, Centenary Lakes - Cairns Botanic Gardens
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Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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