18 days in Cairns Region, Sydney & Greater Melbourne Itinerary

18 days in Cairns Region, Sydney & Greater Melbourne Itinerary

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18 days in Cairns Region, Sydney & Greater Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 45​min
3
St Kilda
— 9 nights
bus + Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: New Delhi

3
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Palm Cove Beach and Four Mile Beach. Spend the 19th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Cairns is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Time (SGT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 2 hours. In December in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Four Mile Beach, Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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.
Australian National Maritime Museum and Art Gallery of New South Wales will appeal to museum buffs. The Rocks and Sydney Opera House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, stroll through Coogee Beach, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney road trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Sydney takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Cairns in December, with highs in Sydney at 32°C and lows at 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to St Kilda.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

9
nights
St Kilda

St Kilda ©
St Kilda is an inner suburb (neighbourhood) of the metropolitan area of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 6 km south-east of Melbourne's Central Business District. Visit St. Kilda Beach and Eastern Beach Reserve for some beach relaxation. Museum-lovers will get to explore Sovereign Hill and Scienceworks. Venture out of the city with trips to Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee), Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park (in Pearcedale) and Ballarat (Art Gallery of Ballarat & Ballarat Wildlife Park). There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at The Great Ocean Road, identify plant and animal life at Hanging Rock Reserve, contemplate the waterfront views at Warrandyte River Reserve, and appreciate the views at Healesville Sanctuary.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read St Kilda online visit planner .

Getting from Sydney to St Kilda by combination of flight and bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, shuttle, and tram; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Sydney in December, with highs in St Kilda at 28°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in St Kilda

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Ballarat, Werribee Open Range Zoo, Swim with Dolphins, Damper Creek Reserve, Warrandyte River Reserve
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St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
The Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road
Sovereign Hill ©
Sovereign Hill

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