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: Douala
Fly:  33​h
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
Cairns
— 7 nights
Fly:  36​h
End: Douala

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Relax by the water at St. Kilda Beach and Half Moon Bay. Step out of the city life by going to Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, have some family-friendly fun at Zero Latency, browse the different shops at Melbourne Central, and examine the collection at HMAS Castlemaine.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne itinerary planner .

Douala, Cameroon to Melbourne is an approximately 33-hour flight. The time zone changes from Western African Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria), which is usually a 9 hour difference. When traveling from Douala in November, plan for little chillier days in Melbourne, with highs around 26°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Werribee Open Range Zoo, St. Kilda Beach
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Balloon Rides
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Half Moon Bay ©
Half Moon Bay

7
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Maroubra Beach Rocky Climb. Get outdoors at Manly Beach and Newport Beach. Step out of Sydney with an excursion to Shelly Beach in Manly--about 36 minutes away. Spend the 1st (Sun) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. Next up on the itinerary: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, step off the mainland to explore Shark Island, and admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Melbourne in November, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Shelly Beach, Sydney Harbour National Park
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

7
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. We've included these beaches for you: Thornton Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove), Port Douglas (Horses in Port & Four Mile Beach) and Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan). There's lots more to do: take a peaceful walk through Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, choose your vessel at Shaolin Junk Cruises, and trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cairns road trip planning website .

Getting from Sydney to Cairns by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Cape Tribulation, Trinity Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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