14 days in Cairns, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

14 days in Cairns, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

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14 days in Cairns, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Chicago

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Get outdoors at Daintree National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas (in Port Douglas) and Terra Nova Gallery (in Kuranda). Spend the 24th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planner .

Chicago, USA to Cairns is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 16 hours traveling from Chicago to Cairns. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in February; daily highs in Cairns reach 88°F and lows reach 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Daintree National Park, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Palm Cove Beach, Mossman Gorge Centre, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

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.
Visit Eastern Beach Reserve and McCrae Beach for some beach relaxation. Get a sense of the local culture at Shrine of Remembrance and The Rip. Venture out of the city with trips to Lake Wendouree (in Ballarat), Spas & Wellness (in Daylesford) and Ocean Beach (in Nelson). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at 13th Beach, kick back and relax at Somers Beach, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Paul's Cathedral.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne attractions planner .

Getting from Cairns to Melbourne by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Cairns in March: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 78°F and lows are around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Eastern Beach Reserve, 13th Beach, Ocean Beach, The Rip, McCrae Beach
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Watson's Bay and Speed Boats Tours. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, see a show at Sydney Opera House, stroll through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney trip maker website .

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 66°F in Sydney. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

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

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