Route & dates
57 days in Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary
Fly: 22h 45min
Melbourne— 30 nights
Cairns— 24 nights
Fly: 21h 45min
Australia's Garden City
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.Visiting Eastern Beach Reserve and Bells Beach will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate Shrine of Remembrance and Kryal Castle. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to Ballarat (The Gold Museum, Ballarat Wildlife Park, & more), Brighton Beach (in Brighton) and Dandenong Ranges National Park (in Dandenong). Spend the 25th (Sat) exploring nature at Point Nepean National Park. On the 10th (Mon), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. There's much more to do: cruise along The Great Ocean Road, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and explore the striking landscape of Lake Eildon National Park.
To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Melbourne online trip builder .
Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Melbourne is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Melbourne is 9 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Amsterdam in August: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 16°C and lows are around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.
Things to do in Melbourne
Ballarat, Anglesea, Torquay, Yea, Geelong
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The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef
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. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Crystal Caves and Artistree Gallery. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Mareeba (Davies Creek National Park, Jaques Coffee Plantation, & more), Cape Tribulation (Daintree National Park & Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness) and Mossman (Mossman Golf Club & Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery). Spend the 16th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 28th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, identify plant and animal life at Tablelands, Waterfalls, and Spanish Castle, and take in the dramatic natural features at Wooroonooran National Park.
To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cairns vacation builder tool .
You can fly from Melbourne to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Melbourne in September, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Cairns: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.
Things to do in Cairns
Port Douglas, Kuranda, Mareeba, Palm Cove, Yungaburra
Find places to stay Sep 15 — Oct 9:
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