15 days in Cairns, Greater Sydney & Greater Melbourne Itinerary

15 days in Cairns, Greater Sydney & Greater Melbourne Itinerary

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15 days in Cairns, Greater Sydney & Greater Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + train + ferry:  5​h 15​min
2
Manly
— 3 nights
+2
ferry + train + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
St Kilda
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Chennai

6
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Port Douglas (Safaris, Four Mile Beach, & more) and Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 3rd (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 7th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planning tool .

Chennai, India to Cairns is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Manly.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

3
nights
Manly

Manly ©
Located 11 km (7 mi) across the harbor from Sydney, a holiday in Manly combines quiet neighborhood charm and coastal attractions, all the while placing you within easy access to the big city.
Step out of Manly to go to Bilgola and see Bilgola Beach, which is approximately 40 minutes away. Spend the 10th (Sun) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Taronga Zoo, look for gifts at Bridget Kennedy Project Space, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Manly Sea Life Sanctuary, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Manly holiday planner .

Getting from Cairns to Manly by combination of flight and ferry takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and ferry. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Cairns in November: high temperatures in Manly hover around 29°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to St Kilda.

Things to do in Manly

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Mosman, Bridget Kennedy Project Space, Bilgola Beach
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Taronga Zoo ©
Taronga Zoo
Shelly Beach ©
Shelly Beach
Sydney Harbour National Park ©
Sydney Harbour National Park

4
nights
St Kilda

St Kilda ©
St Kilda is an inner suburb (neighbourhood) of the metropolitan area of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 6 km south-east of Melbourne's Central Business District. You'll find plenty of places to visit near St Kilda: Werribee (Werribee Open Range Zoo & Adrenaline & Extreme Tours) and Namatjira Park (in Clayton). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through St. Kilda Beach, examine the collection at Scienceworks, explore and take pictures at Collingwood Children's Farm, and take a leisurely stroll along Gem Pier.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the St Kilda trip planner .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Manly to St Kilda in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Manly in November, expect St Kilda to be slightly colder, temps between 24°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in St Kilda

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Werribee, St Mark's Anglican Church, St John's Anglican Church, Elwood Canal, Namatjira Park
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Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Scienceworks ©
Scienceworks

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