20 days in Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

20 days in Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

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20 days in Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  25​h
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Cairns
— 13 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Toronto

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Popular historic sites such as Old Melbourne Gaol and St. Patrick's Cathedral are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Eastern Beach Reserve and Ballarat Wildlife Park. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, contemplate the long history of Cooks' Cottage, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Paul's Cathedral.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne road trip site .

Toronto, Canada to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Toronto to Melbourne, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Toronto in December: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 30°C and lows are around 14°C. On the 15th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Ballarat Wildlife Park, Eastern Beach Reserve
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St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park

13
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 in touch with nature at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Historic Village Herberton and Atherton Tablelands. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Birdworld Kuranda (in Kuranda), Port Douglas (Safaris, Horses in Port, & more) and Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Kayaking & Canoeing, & more). Spend the 25th (Tue) exploring nature at Curtain Fig National Park. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, identify plant and animal life at Michaelmas Cay, take in the dramatic natural features at Babinda Boulders, and hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in December: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Cairns Kart Hire Track, Curtain Fig National Park, Historic Village Herberton
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands

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