20 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

20 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

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20 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Prague
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Prague


7
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Rocks and Darling Harbour. Take a break from the city and head to Bondi Beach and Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: The Nook (in Leura), Shelly Beach (in Manly) and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours (in Katoomba). Dedicate the 23rd (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, stop by Sydney Fish Market, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Sydney vacation maker app .

Prague, Czech Republic to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from Prague in December, expect Sydney to be much hotter, temps between 32°C and 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Terrigal Beach, Shelly Beach, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, The Nook, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Do your shopping at Melbourne Central and Art Gallery of Ballarat. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Degraves Street and Collins St/Swanston St. Step out of Melbourne with an excursion to Ballarat Wildlife Park in Ballarat--about 2 hours away. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Shrine of Remembrance, steep yourself in history at St. Patrick's Cathedral, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and revel in the low prices at DFO South Wharf.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Melbourne trip maker app .

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Melbourne, with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Ballarat
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Art Gallery of Ballarat ©
Art Gallery of Ballarat
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Palm Cove Beach and Tablelands, Waterfalls, and Spanish Castle. Do some cultural sightseeing at Historic Village Herberton and St Monica's Cathedral. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Safaris (in Port Douglas). Spend the 3rd (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands, head off the coast to Michaelmas Cay, take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones, and relax in the rural setting at Gallo DairyLand.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns journey app .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in January, things will get a bit warmer in Cairns: highs are around 37°C and lows about 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Historic Village Herberton, Safaris
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Safaris

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