14 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Queensland Itinerary

14 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Queensland Itinerary

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14 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Queensland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

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.
Get some historical perspective at Shrine of Remembrance and Old Melbourne Gaol. Get in touch with nature at Melbourne Zoo and Half Moon Bay. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, kick back and relax at Sandridge Beach, and see the interesting displays at National Sports Museum.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne online journey planner .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Melbourne. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

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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 some cultural insight at The Rocks and Sydney Opera House. Take a break from the city and head to Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, enjoy the sand and surf at Camp Cove, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney sightseeing planner .

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 21°C in Sydney. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

3
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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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Trinity Beach will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). There's more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk and admire all the interesting features of The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Sydney to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. Change things up with a short trip to Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness in Cape Tribulation (about 1h 30 min away). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, stop by With Sugar, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip maker tool .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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