19 days in Sydney, Cairns & Melbourne Itinerary

19 days in Sydney, Cairns & Melbourne Itinerary

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19 days in Sydney, Cairns & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Gdansk
Fly:  26​h
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Gdansk

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Rocks and Art Gallery of New South Wales. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Clovelly Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Shelly Beach (in Manly) and Katoomba (Wentworth Falls & The Three Sisters). The adventure continues: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroubra Beach Rocky Climb.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney itinerary planner .

Gdansk, Poland to Sydney is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Gdansk to Sydney. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Gdansk in January; daily highs in Sydney reach 32°C and lows reach 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Shelly Beach
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

6
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.
Get some cultural insight at Daintree Discovery Centre and Bones and Jones. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove), Four Mile Beach (in Port Douglas) and Rex Lookout (in Wangetti). Spend the 19th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk and learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary maker website .

You can fly from Sydney to Cairns in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in January; daily highs in Cairns reach 37°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Rex Lookout, Daintree Discovery Centre, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

5
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at St. Kilda Beach and Kitty Miller Bay. Step out of the city life by going to Royal Botanic Gardens and Balloon Rides. Venture out of the city with trips to Cowes Beach (in Cowes) and The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, browse the exhibits of Shrine of Remembrance, shop like a local with Melbourne Central, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Melbourne day trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Melbourne takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Cairns in January: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 32°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

The Great Ocean Road, St. Kilda Beach, Cowes Beach, Kitty Miller Bay
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Balloon Rides
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

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