25 days in Melbourne, Adelaide & Cairns Itinerary

25 days in Melbourne, Adelaide & Cairns Itinerary

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25 days in Melbourne, Adelaide & Cairns Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  25​h
1
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Adelaide
— 9 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Cairns
— 7 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

6
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Change things up with a short trip to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee (about 42 minutes away). Dedicate the 18th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, take an in-depth tour of Shrine of Remembrance, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and don't miss a visit to Block Arcade.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Melbourne visit planner .

London, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Melbourne. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from London in December: highs in Melbourne hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Museums

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

9
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Explore Adelaide's surroundings by going to Marananga (Torbreck Wines & Tscharke's Place), Tanunda (Kabminye Winery, Rockford Winery, & more) and Domain Day Cellar Door (in Williamstown). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Adelaide Botanic Garden, browse the eclectic array of goods at Adelaide Central Market, do a tasting at Kalleske Wines, and take an in-depth tour of South Australian Museum.

Before you visit Adelaide, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Adelaide takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. December in Adelaide sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Adelaide

Wineries Parks Museums

Side Trips

Greenock, Tanunda, Marananga, Eden Valley, The Cedars
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Seppeltsfield ©
Seppeltsfield
Adelaide Botanic Garden ©
Adelaide Botanic Garden
Adelaide Central Market ©
Adelaide Central Market

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach) and Port Douglas (Safaris, Four Mile Beach, & more). Spend the 29th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and have some family-friendly fun at Cairns Kart Hire Track.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns visit site .

Getting from Adelaide to Cairns by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Adelaide in December, expect Cairns to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 26°C. On the 4th (Fri), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Cairns Kart Hire Track
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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