11 days in Cairns, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

11 days in Cairns, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

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11 days in Cairns, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  25​h
1
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Philadelphia

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip tool .

Philadelphia, USA to Cairns is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Cairns. In March, Cairns is warmer than Philadelphia - with highs of 87°F and lows of 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Manly Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Rocks and Justice & Police Museum. The adventure continues: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Coogee Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Sydney takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Cairns in March: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 79°F and lows are around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

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

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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, then learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and then admire the striking features of Royal Exhibition Building.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Melbourne, with lows of 56°F. On the 14th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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