20 days in Sydney, Cairns & Melbourne Itinerary

20 days in Sydney, Cairns & Melbourne Itinerary

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20 days in Sydney, Cairns & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Melbourne
— 8 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg

4
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.
Let the collections at Art Gallery of New South Wales and Australian National Maritime Museum capture your imagination. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nan Tien Temple and Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Katoomba (Wentworth Falls & Blue Mountains), The National Pass (in Blue Mountains National Park) and Featherdale Wildlife Park (in Blacktown). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at St. Mary's Cathedral, contemplate the waterfront views at Watson's Bay, admire the natural beauty at Chinese Garden of Friendship, and examine the collection at Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney day trip planning app .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Sydney is an approximately 15-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) is 8 hours. Traveling from Johannesburg in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sydney, with lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Katoomba, Nan Tien Temple, Featherdale Wildlife Park, Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame, The National Pass
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The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum ©
Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum

5
nights
Cairns

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.
Appreciate the collections at Historic Village Herberton and Daintree Discovery Centre. Get some cultural insight at Bones and Jones and Emu Ridge Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas & Agincourt Reef) and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda). Spend the 12th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary maker app .

You can fly from Sydney to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect Cairns to be a bit warmer, temps between 37°C and 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Kuranda, Port Douglas, Daintree Discovery Centre, Historic Village Herberton, Mossman Gorge Centre
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Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Emu Ridge Gallery ©
Emu Ridge Gallery

8
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Federation Square and Darnum Musical Village. Old Melbourne Gaol and Kryal Castle will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: Yea (Yea Wetlands & Y Water Discovery Centre), Barwon Park (in Winchelsea) and Point Lonsdale Lighthouse (in Point Lonsdale). Dedicate the 21st (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Coal Creek Community Park and Museum, identify plant and animal life at Ballarat Wildlife Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Paul's Cathedral, and mingle with the ghosts of the past at Steiglitz.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne online attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Cairns in January, with highs in Melbourne at 32°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ballarat, Yea, Darnum Musical Village, Steiglitz, Coal Creek Community Park and Museum
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Coal Creek Community Park and Museum ©
Darnum Musical Village ©
Darnum Musical Village
Barwon Park ©
Barwon Park

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