22 days in Cairns, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

22 days in Cairns, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

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22 days in Cairns, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  23​h
1
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 8 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Manchester

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas & Safaris) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). Spend the 31st (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in the dramatic scenery at Josephine Falls, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, and stop by Australian Leather Company.

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Manchester, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Manchester to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Manchester in December; daily highs in Cairns reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

5
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.
Spend the 10th (Fri) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's still lots to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney road trip website .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Sydney takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Cairns in January: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 32°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
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The Royal Botanic Garden
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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.
Step out of Melbourne with an excursion to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee--about 42 minutes away. Dedicate the 15th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Spend the 13th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, get lost in a book at State Library of Victoria, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne travel planner .

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sydney in January since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Melbourne Boat Hire
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
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Melbourne Zoo

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