13 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

13 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

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13 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Singapore

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Explore hidden gems such as Rod Laver Arena and Southbank. Get out of town with these interesting Melbourne side-trips: St George's Lake (in Creswick), Ballarat (Ballarat Botanical Gardens & Lake Wendouree) and Geelong (National Wool Museum & Eastern Beach Reserve). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Federation Square, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, explore the world behind art at ArtVo, and browse the collection at State Library of Victoria.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne online trip itinerary planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Melbourne is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Singapore to Melbourne. When traveling from Singapore in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Melbourne, with highs around 30°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Tours

Side Trips

Geelong, Ballarat, St George's Lake
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Federation Square ©
Federation Square
Rod Laver Arena ©
Rod Laver Arena
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Leura (Everglades Historic House and Gardens, Leura Cascades, & more), Katoomba (Wentworth Falls & Blue Mountains) and Govetts Leap (in Blackheath). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at Chinese Garden of Friendship.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in December since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Katoomba, Leura, Govetts Leap
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 20:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Spas. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and St Mary’s by The Sea chapel (in Port Douglas). Spend the 21st (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cairns holiday maker tool .

You can fly from Sydney to Cairns in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in December; daily highs in Cairns reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, St Mary’s by The Sea chapel
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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