15 days in Melbourne, Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

15 days in Melbourne, Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

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15 days in Melbourne, Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Bogota
Fly:  27​h
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Bogota

3
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Eastern Beach Reserve and State Library of Victoria. Change things up with a short trip to Ocean Beach in Nelson (about 1h 20 min away). Dedicate the 3rd (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, examine the collection at Federation Square, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, and take in panoramic vistas at Melbourne Star Observation Wheel.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne itinerary planner .

Bogota, Colombia to Melbourne is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Colombia Time (COT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) is 15 hours. Traveling from Bogota in January, expect Melbourne to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Eastern Beach Reserve, Ocean Beach
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Balloon Rides

4
nights
Cairns

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and Botanical Gardens. Venture out of the city with trips to Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda), Rex Lookout (in Wangetti) and Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cairns online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in January, with highs in Cairns at 37°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Mossman Gorge Centre, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Palm Cove Beach, Rex Lookout
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Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral
Rex Lookout ©
Rex Lookout

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Jenolan Caves and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba), The Nook (in Leura) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Watson's Bay, trek along Manly Scenic Walkway, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Cathedral, and take in nature's colorful creations at Chinese Garden of Friendship.

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You can fly from Cairns to Sydney in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in January, things will get a bit cooler in Sydney: highs are around 32°C and lows about 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

The Nook, Shelly Beach, Wentworth Falls, Jenolan Caves
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Jenolan Caves ©
Jenolan Caves
Camp Cove ©
Camp Cove
Clovelly Beach ©
Clovelly Beach

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