16 days in Cairns, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

16 days in Cairns, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

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16 days in Cairns, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: New Delhi

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Port Douglas (Safaris, Four Mile Beach, & more) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). Spend the 14th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 18th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

Before you visit Cairns, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

New Delhi, India to Cairns is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 4 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from New Delhi in April: highs in Cairns hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, take a stroll through The Rocks, and see a show at Sydney Opera House.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Sydney online attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Sydney takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cairns in April: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 26°C and lows are around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

5
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Royal Botanic Gardens, take in nature's colorful creations at Fitzroy Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne road trip planner .

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in April: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 23°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

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

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