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: Fresno
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 1 night
2
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Fresno

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 18th (Thu), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens and then admire all the interesting features of Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cairns holiday builder website .

Fresno, USA to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Traveling from Fresno to Cairns, you'll lose 18 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Fresno in July, plan for much colder days in Cairns, with highs around 79°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Adventure

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens

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.
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, browse the collection at State Library of Victoria, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne journey maker app .

Fly from Cairns to Melbourne in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Cairns in July: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 56°F and lows are around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

4
nights
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.
Spend the 25th (Thu) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. And it doesn't end there: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, wander the streets of The Rocks, and kick back and relax at Bondi Beach.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip maker website .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in July: highs in Sydney hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden

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