33 days in Cairns, Melbourne & Perth Itinerary

33 days in Cairns, Melbourne & Perth Itinerary

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33 days in Cairns, Melbourne & Perth Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 15 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Melbourne
— 11 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Perth
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Zurich

15
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 Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Kayaking & Canoeing, Palm Cove Beach, & more), Port Douglas (Safaris, Port Douglas Tennis Club, & more) and Cape Tribulation (Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness & Daintree National Park). Spend the 3rd (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, make a trip to Green Island, kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns day trip planning tool .

Zurich, Switzerland to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. In November, Cairns is much hotter than Zurich - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cairns

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

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

11
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get out of town with these interesting Melbourne side-trips: Sovereign Hill (in Ballarat), The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay) and Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee). Dedicate the 23rd (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, browse the collection at State Library of Victoria, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne sightseeing planning site .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Cairns, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Outdoors, #Museums, #Parks

Side Trips

Sovereign Hill, St. Kilda Beach, Werribee Open Range Zoo, The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 29:
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

3
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 30th (Fri), explore the activities along Swan River, contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, and then admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Kings Park War Memorial, then stroll through Cottesloe Beach, and then steep yourself in history at Fremantle Prison.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Perth online tour builder .

You can fly from Melbourne to Perth in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne to Perth, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Perth: highs are around 33°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Nature

Side Trips

Fremantle, Cottesloe Beach
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Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

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