21 days in Cairns, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

21 days in Cairns, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

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21 days in Cairns, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Cairns
— 5 nights
2
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 7 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Mumbai

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.
Bring the kids along to Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Port Douglas (Safaris & Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cairns holiday maker site .

Mumbai, India to Cairns is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Mumbai to Cairns. Traveling from Mumbai in May, expect Cairns to be little chillier, temps between 32°C and 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

6
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Bondi Beach and Australian National Maritime Museum. Spend the 19th (Sun) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's lots more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, make a trip to Sydney Harbour Bridge, and meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney route builder .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Sydney takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, Sydney is slightly colder than Cairns - with highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

7
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Family-friendly places like Melbourne Zoo and Melbourne Museum will thrill your kids. Step out of Melbourne with an excursion to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee--about 42 minutes away. Spend the 27th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, browse the collection at State Library of Victoria, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne online tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in May, things will get little chillier in Melbourne: highs are around 20°C and lows about 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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