17 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

17 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

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17 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  26​h
1
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
4
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  26​h
End: New York City


5
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 30th (Sun) 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, get lost in a book at State Library of Victoria, choose your vessel at Melbourne Boat Hire, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne vacation planner .

New York City, USA to Melbourne is an approximately 26-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from New York City in December: highs in Melbourne hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

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

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.
For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Blue Mountains National Park to Sydney takes 2.5 hours. January in Sydney sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 68°F at night. On the 3rd (Thu), you're off toPort Douglas.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Tours Parks
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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 Cairns' surroundings by going to Port Douglas (Safaris, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more) and Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 3rd (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Cairns takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in January, with highs in Cairns at 89°F and lows at 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

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

1
night
Sydney

Sydney
On the 8th (Tue), catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, then snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and finally take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

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You can fly from Cairns to Sydney in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in January, things will get a bit cooler in Sydney: highs are around 82°F and lows about 68°F. On the 9th (Wed), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Sydney

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Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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