13 days in Cairns, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

13 days in Cairns, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

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13 days in Cairns, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Orlando
Fly:  25​h
1
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
2
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Orlando


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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then stroll through Palm Cove Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary planning app .

Orlando, USA to Cairns is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 15 hours. Traveling from Orlando in January, expect nights in Cairns to be much warmer, around 75°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 89°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

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

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.
Get some cultural insight at Shrine of Remembrance and Old Melbourne Gaol. You'll explore and learn at National Gallery of Victoria and ArtVo. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, take an in-depth tour of Immigration Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Cairns to Melbourne by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cairns in January, with highs in Melbourne at 81°F and lows at 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

6
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.
Appreciate the collections at Australian National Maritime Museum and Justice & Police Museum. Get some cultural insight at The Rocks and Darling Harbour. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and explore the world behind art at Brett Whiteley Studio.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip maker .

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in January since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

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

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