10 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Queensland Itinerary

10 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Queensland Itinerary

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10 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Queensland Itinerary

Start: Durham
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  27​h
End: Durham

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly, and then take a stroll through The Rocks. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney planning app .

Durham, USA to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Durham to Sydney is 15 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Durham in September: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 71°F and lows are around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Tours
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 28th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, take an in-depth tour of Shrine of Remembrance, and then stroll through St. Kilda Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in September; daily highs in Melbourne reach 63°F and lows reach 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

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

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Trinity Beach. Visit St Monica's Cathedral and Historic Village Herberton for their historical value. Step out of Cairns to go to Palm Cove and see Palm Cove Beach, which is approximately 32 minutes away. Spend the 2nd (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk and take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in September, expect nights in Cairns to be much warmer, around 66°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 83°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Historic Village Herberton, Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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