18 days in Melbourne, Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

18 days in Melbourne, Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

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18 days in Melbourne, Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  25​h
1
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Dublin

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, browse the collection at State Library of Victoria, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip planner.

Dublin, Ireland to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to Melbourne is 10 hours. In September in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 7°C at night. On the 5th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Tours Parks
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National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach) and Port Douglas (Safaris & Four Mile Beach). Spend the 7th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk and pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns travel route site .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Melbourne, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 24°C. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

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

5
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: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, stroll through Manly Beach, take a stroll through The Rocks, and kick back and relax at Coogee Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip maker site .

Fly from Cairns to Sydney in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Cairns in October: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 28°C and lows are around 17°C. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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