22 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

22 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

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22 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  18​h
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 7 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Vancouver

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bondi Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Relax by the water at Manly Beach and Clovelly Beach. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Lincoln's Rock (in Blue Mountains National Park), Blue Mountains (in Katoomba) and Coachwood Glen Nature Trail (in Megalong Valley). Spend the 10th (Wed) exploring nature at Bradleys Head Trail. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, wander the streets of The Rocks, make a trip to Mrs Macquarie's Chair, and trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary builder site .

Vancouver, Canada to Sydney is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 18 hours traveling from Vancouver to Sydney. Traveling from Vancouver in July, things will get slightly colder in Sydney: highs are around 21°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Blue Mountains, Lincoln's Rock, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

7
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Visiting Royal Botanic Gardens and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. Step out of Melbourne with an excursion to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay--about 1h 40 min away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, identify plant and animal life at Trin Warren Tam-boore, kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip builder .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In July, Melbourne is slightly colder than Sydney - with highs of 15°C and lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

The Great Ocean Road, St. Kilda Beach
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Four Mile Beach and Thornton Beach. Visiting Safaris and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan). Spend the 19th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Freshwater Station, and identify plant and animal life at Green Arrow Walk.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns journey planner.

Fly from Melbourne to Cairns in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in July, expect Cairns to be much hotter, temps between 30°C and 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Cape Tribulation, 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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