18 days in Cairns, Hervey Bay & Melbourne Itinerary

18 days in Cairns, Hervey Bay & Melbourne Itinerary

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18 days in Cairns, Hervey Bay & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly:  25​h
1
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Hervey Bay
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 7 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Barcelona

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Horses in Port, & more), Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Rex Lookout (in Wangetti). Spend the 31st (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, look for gifts at OK Gift Shop, sample the tasty concoctions at Macalister Brewing Company, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip website .

Barcelona, Spain to Cairns is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 9 hour difference. In May, Cairns is a bit warmer than Barcelona - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Cairns Kart Hire Track, Macalister Brewing Company, Rex Lookout
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

1
night
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): look for gifts at Mind, Body and Soul, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then let the kids burn off some steam at Point Dayman Park. On your second day here, brush up on your military savvy at Maryborough Military & Colonial Museum, then admire the engineering at Lenthalls Dam, then look for all kinds of wild species at Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally steep yourself in history at Maryborough City Hall.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hervey Bay travel planner .

Fly from Cairns to Hervey Bay in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cairns in June, with highs in Hervey Bay at 26°C and lows at 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Maryborough
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Lenthalls Dam ©
Lenthalls Dam

7
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get out of town with these interesting Melbourne side-trips: Ballarat (Ballarat Botanical Gardens & Sovereign Hill), Geelong Playspace (in Geelong) and Kevin Hoffman Walk (in Lara). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, examine the collection at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Melbourne online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Hervey Bay to Melbourne by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Hervey Bay in June, with highs in Melbourne at 16°C and lows at 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ballarat, Truemans Golf Range, Glen Valley Road Reserve, Randazzo Park, Williamstown Uniting Church
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Food Tours

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