17 days in Cairns, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

17 days in Cairns, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

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17 days in Cairns, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: London

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove), Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness (in Cape Tribulation) and Port Douglas (Safaris & Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas). Spend the 21st (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, tour the water at your own pace with Shaolin Junk Cruises, have some family-friendly fun at Cairns Kart Hire Track, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cairns online journey planner .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to Cairns, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in December, things will get much hotter in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Cairns Kart Hire Track
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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: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House.

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Fly from Cairns to Sydney in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, Sydney is little chillier than Cairns - with highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

5
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Step out of Melbourne to go to Werribee and see Werribee Open Range Zoo, which is approximately 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, admire the striking features of Royal Exhibition Building, tour the water at your own pace with Melbourne Boat Hire, and admire the natural beauty at Fitzroy Gardens.

For traveler tips and tourist information, go to the Melbourne road trip planning website .

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, Melbourne is little chillier at night with lows of 14°C. On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Balloon Rides
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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