22 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

22 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

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22 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Paderborn
Fly:  32​h
1
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Paderborn

6
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay) and Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee). Dedicate the 31st (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, browse the collection at State Library of Victoria, and brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Melbourne visit website .

Paderborn, Germany to Melbourne is an approximately 32-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) is 9 hours. Traveling from Paderborn in January, expect Melbourne to be much warmer, temps between 32°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Werribee Open Range Zoo, The Great Ocean Road
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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.
Take a break from Sydney with a short trip to The New South Wales Lancers Memorial Museum in Parramatta, about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney journey maker site .

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sydney, with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

The New South Wales Lancers Memorial Museum
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Port Douglas (Safaris & Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas). Spend the 9th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 12th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, make a trip to Freshwater Station, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns online trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Cairns in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in February; daily highs in Cairns reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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