20 days in Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

20 days in Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

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20 days in Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  26​h
1
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Cairns
— 9 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Manchester

6
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Venture out of the city with trips to Truganina Explosives Reserve (in Altona) and The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay). Dedicate the 9th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, and get lost in a book at State Library of Victoria.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne day trip planner .

Manchester, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST), which is usually a 10 hour difference. In June, Melbourne is little chillier than Manchester - with highs of 16°C and lows of 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

The Great Ocean Road, Truganina Explosives Reserve
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The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

9
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 (Spas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, & more) and Port Douglas (Scuba & Snorkeling, Safaris, & more). Spend the 17th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cairns travel planner.

Fly from Melbourne to Cairns in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in June, things will get much warmer in Cairns: highs are around 30°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Mossman Gorge, Sugarworld Waterpark
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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