11 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Suburbs & Cairns Region Itinerary

11 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Suburbs & Cairns Region Itinerary

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11 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Suburbs & Cairns Region Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly:  15​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: Kolkata (Calcutta)

2
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Visiting Royal Botanic Gardens and Melbourne Zoo will get you outdoors. Shrine of Remembrance and Old Melbourne Gaol will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne itinerary planning site .

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Melbourne is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Melbourne. In October, Melbourne is cooler than Kolkata (Calcutta) - with highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Museums Tours
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

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.
Visit The Rocks and St. Peter's Presbyterian Church for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Darling Harbour and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip builder website .

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In October, Sydney is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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.
Get in touch with nature at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and Scuba & Snorkeling. Step out of Cairns to go to Palm Cove and see Spas, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Spend the 11th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip planner.

Fly from Sydney to Cairns in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, Cairns is a bit warmer than Sydney - with highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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