11 days in Cairns, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

11 days in Cairns, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

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11 days in Cairns, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  20​h
1
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Phoenix


1
night
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.
On the 8th (Tue), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, pause for some photo ops at Cairns Cenotaph, view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, then browse the exhibits of Michael Seebeck Gallery, and finally stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip maker tool .

Phoenix, USA to Cairns is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Phoenix to Cairns is 17 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Phoenix in January; daily highs in Cairns reach 89°F and lows reach 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cairns

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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and get lost in a book at State Library of Victoria.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Melbourne takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Cairns in January: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 81°F and lows are around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Museums
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Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge, pause for some photo ops at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Sydney route planner.

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in January since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden

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