15 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

15 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

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15 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

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

5
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Opera Australia, Capitol Theatre and UDU - Understand Down Under: Sydney Night & Day Experiences. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, stroll through Bondi Beach, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney vacation site .

Melbourne to Sydney is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 21°C in Sydney. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

5
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 21st (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, don't miss a visit to Shrine of Remembrance, and meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip itinerary builder website .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, plan for little chillier nights in Melbourne, with lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Museums
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool and then experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cairns online trip builder .

Fly from Melbourne to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in December; daily highs in Cairns reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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