11 days in Sydney, Cairns & Melbourne Itinerary

11 days in Sydney, Cairns & Melbourne Itinerary

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11 days in Sydney, Cairns & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Wellington

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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Manly Beach. Get some cultural insight at Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk and Darling Harbour. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney tour planner .

Minneapolis, USA to Sydney is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 16 hours traveling from Minneapolis to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Minneapolis in January: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 82°F and lows are around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): admire the striking features of Freshwater Station, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): stroll through Yorkeys Knob Beach, learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Samurai Gallery Australia, then explore the world behind art at KickArts Contemporary Arts, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns day trip app .

You can fly from Sydney to Cairns in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in February, expect Cairns to be a bit warmer, temps between 88°F and 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Yorkeys Knob Beach
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Shark Diving
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): steep yourself in history at St. Patrick's Cathedral, wander the streets of Collins St/Swanston St, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Paul's Cathedral, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Half Moon Bay, take in the architecture and atmosphere at German Lutheran Trinity Church, and then browse the different shops at Melbourne Central.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne planner .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Melbourne takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In February, Melbourne is slightly colder than Cairns - with highs of 81°F and lows of 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

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Collins St/Swanston St ©
Collins St/Swanston St
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral
St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral

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