16 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

16 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

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16 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Manila, Luzon
Fly:  13​h
1
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Manila, Luzon

6
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Head to Melbourne Central and Degraves Streetfor plenty of shopping. There's more to do: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne road trip tool .

Manila, Philippines to Melbourne is an approximately 11-hour flight. Traveling from Manila to Melbourne, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Manila in October, with highs in Melbourne at 24°C and lows at 9°C. On the 11th (Fri), you're off toSydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks
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Degraves Street ©
Degraves Street
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central

4
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.
Head to The Rocks Markets and Queen Victoria Building (QVB)for plenty of shopping. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, see a show at Sydney Opera House, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney itinerary planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in October, things will get a bit warmer in Sydney: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Daintree National Park, Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Cairns trip planner .

Fly from Sydney to Cairns in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in October: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 34°C and lows are around 24°C. You will leave for home on the 19th (Sat).

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Daintree National Park
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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