22 days in Cairns, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

22 days in Cairns, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

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22 days in Cairns, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 8 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: London

6
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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Trinity Beach will get you outdoors. Bring the kids along to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and Four Mile Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Port Douglas (Safaris & Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas) and Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, choose your vessel at Shaolin Junk Cruises, and view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns holiday site .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from London in October, with highs in Cairns at 34°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

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

5
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Escape the urban bustle at Melbourne Zoo and St. Kilda Beach. Kids will enjoy Old Melbourne Gaol and Melbourne Museum. Step out of Melbourne to go to Werribee and see Werribee Open Range Zoo, which is approximately 42 minutes away. Dedicate the 23rd (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity College Chapel, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Paul's Cathedral.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne road trip tool .

Fly from Cairns to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Cairns, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

Werribee Open Range Zoo, St. Kilda Beach
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Balloon Rides
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

8
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 some historical perspective at The Rocks and Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk. We've included these beaches for you: Bondi Beach and Newport Beach. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Shelly Beach (in Manly) and The National Pass (in Blue Mountains National Park). And it doesn't end there: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, kick back and relax at Freshwater Beach, and steep yourself in history at Justice & Police Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Sydney online trip maker .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in October; daily highs in Sydney reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. You'll set off for home on the 2nd (Fri).

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

The National Pass, Shelly Beach
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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