11 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

11 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

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11 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Mumbai

2
nights
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, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne driving holiday planner .

Mumbai, India to Melbourne is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Mumbai to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Mumbai in December; daily highs in Melbourne reach 30°C and lows reach 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

3
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary planning app .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, Sydney is a bit warmer at night with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

4
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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Safaris (in Port Douglas) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Cairns holiday planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Cairns in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in December, things will get a bit warmer in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. On the 2nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Safaris, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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