16 days in Melbourne, Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

16 days in Melbourne, Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

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16 days in Melbourne, Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

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

3
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 lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, and admire the striking features of Shrine of Remembrance.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Melbourne travel planner .

If you are flying in from Singapore, the closest major airport is Melbourne International Airport. In December, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Parks
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

7
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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach) and Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Safaris, & more). Spend the 22nd (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, have some family-friendly fun at Cairns Kart Hire Track, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns vacation tool .

Getting from Melbourne to Cairns by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect Cairns to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Cairns Kart Hire Track
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of The Rocks, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Sydney road trip planner .

Fly from Cairns to Sydney in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cairns in December, with highs in Sydney at 32°C and lows at 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

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

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