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: Chicago
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Chicago

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
We've included these beaches for you: Sandridge Beach and St. Kilda Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Shrine of Remembrance and Old Melbourne Gaol. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

To plan Melbourne vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Chicago, USA to Melbourne is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 16 hours traveling from Chicago to Melbourne. Traveling from Chicago in February, things will get much hotter in Melbourne: highs are around 81°F and lows about 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

4
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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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Four Mile Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery (in Mossman). The adventure continues: soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns journey builder website .

Getting from Melbourne to Cairns by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in February, with highs in Cairns at 88°F and lows at 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Four Mile Beach, Trinity Beach, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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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.
Visit Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach for some beach relaxation. Get in touch with nature at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Manly Beach. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Blacktown to see Featherdale Wildlife Park about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, identify plant and animal life at Muogamarra Nature Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Sydney road trip site .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Sydney takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in March, expect Sydney to be a bit cooler, temps between 79°F and 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Featherdale Wildlife Park
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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