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: New Delhi
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 10 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: New Delhi


4
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.
Attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Safaris (in Port Douglas) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). There's much more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in the dramatic scenery at Josephine Falls, look for gifts at Cairns Central Shopping Centre, and appreciate the history behind Cairns Cenotaph.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip itinerary builder tool .

New Delhi, India to Cairns is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New Delhi to Cairns is 4 hours. Traveling from New Delhi in December, expect nights in Cairns to be warmer, around 26°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough 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.
Bring the kids along to Bondi Beach and Australian National Maritime Museum. Spend the 1st (Wed) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's lots more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through The Rocks, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Sydney trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Sydney takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in December, things will get little chillier in Sydney: highs are around 32°C and lows about 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to 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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Bondi Beach
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Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

10
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 Eureka Skydeck 88 will thrill your kids. Step out of Melbourne to go to Werribee and see Werribee Open Range Zoo, which is approximately 42 minutes away. Dedicate the 6th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Spend the 4th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, get lost in a book at State Library of Victoria, see the interesting displays at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne tour builder tool .

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 January, Melbourne is a bit cooler at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

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

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