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: Pune
Fly:  16​h
1
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 8 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Pune

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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Hartley's Crocodile Adventures) and Port Douglas (Scuba & Snorkeling, Safaris, & more). Spend the 30th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns day trip app .

Pune, India to Cairns is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Pune to Cairns. In September, daytime highs in Cairns are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough 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

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.
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, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney online day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Sydney takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in October, expect Sydney to be little chillier, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

8
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Change things up with a short trip to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay (about 1h 40 min away). Dedicate the 11th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and stroll through Melbourne Zoo.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne journey builder tool .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sydney in October: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 24°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

The Great Ocean Road, Princes Pier
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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