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: Chicago
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  22​h
End: Chicago

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.
Old Melbourne Gaol and Hillsong Church will appeal to history buffs. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Sandridge Beach and St. Kilda Beach. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, kick back and relax at Half Moon Bay, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity College Chapel.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne day trip planner.

Chicago, USA to Melbourne is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 16 hours traveling from Chicago to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in February, things will get warmer in Melbourne: highs are around 81°F and lows about 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

4
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.
Popular historic sites such as The Rocks and Government House are in your itinerary. Get outdoors at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Next up on the itinerary: see a show at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Coogee Beach, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Clovelly.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Sydney trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sydney, with lows of 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly 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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Port Douglas to see Safaris about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk and view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones.

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Traveling by flight from Sydney to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in March; daily highs in Cairns reach 87°F and lows reach 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trips

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

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