20 days in Cairns, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

20 days in Cairns, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

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20 days in Cairns, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  30​h
1
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Newark

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach) and Port Douglas (Safaris, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more). Spend the 25th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Cairns trip planner .

Newark, USA to Cairns is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 15 hours. Traveling from Newark in May, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 82°F and 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Katoomba (The Three Sisters, Bridal Veil Falls, & more). Spend the 3rd (Mon) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Sydney sightseeing site .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Sydney takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Cairns in May: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 70°F and lows are around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Katoomba, Sydney Harbour National Park
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

4
nights
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, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne trip planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in June, things will get little chillier in Melbourne: highs are around 57°F and lows about 42°F. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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