19 days in Melbourne, Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

19 days in Melbourne, Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

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19 days in Melbourne, Cairns & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg

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.
Old Melbourne Gaol and Federation Square are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Eastern Beach Reserve and Y Water Discovery Centre. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: Ocean Beach (in Nelson), Point Lonsdale Lighthouse (in Point Lonsdale) and 13th Beach (in Barwon Heads). Dedicate the 5th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Yea Wetlands, steep yourself in history at Cooks' Cottage, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Melbourne driving holiday website .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Melbourne is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Yea, Point Lonsdale Lighthouse, Eastern Beach Reserve, 13th Beach, Werribee Open Range Zoo
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13th Beach ©
13th Beach
Y Water Discovery Centre ©
Y Water Discovery Centre
Cooks' Cottage ©
Cooks' Cottage

5
nights
Cairns

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.
Get in touch with nature at Mossman Gorge and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore hidden gems such as Historic Village Herberton and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Agincourt Reef (in Port Douglas), Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda). And it doesn't end there: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, get your game on at Cairns Kart Hire Track, take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones, and look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands.

To see ratings and other tourist information, read our Cairns road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in January, expect Cairns to be a bit warmer, temps between 37°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove Beach, Mossman Gorge Centre, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Historic Village Herberton
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Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Nature & Wildlife Tours

6
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Jenolan Caves and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Get a sense of the local culture at Nan Tien Temple and The National Pass. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Kiama Blowhole (in Kiama), Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba) and Featherdale Wildlife Park (in Blacktown). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral, examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Sydney, explore the activities along Watson's Bay, and enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Sydney travel website .

You can fly from Cairns to Sydney in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in January, things will get a bit cooler in Sydney: highs are around 32°C and lows about 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Balmoral Beach, Mosman, The National Pass, Nan Tien Temple, Congwong Beach, Jenolan Caves
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The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk ©
Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman

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