25 days in Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

25 days in Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

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25 days in Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  25​h
1
Melbourne
— 9 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Cairns
— 12 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Zurich

9
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Eastern Beach Reserve and Bells Beach. Visiting Ballarat Wildlife Park and Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park will get you outdoors. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to Dandenong Ranges National Park (in Dandenong), The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay) and Art Gallery of Ballarat (in Ballarat). Spend the 30th (Mon) exploring nature at Point Nepean National Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Daylesford, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, identify plant and animal life at Hanging Rock Reserve, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne sightseeing tool .

Zurich, Switzerland to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Zurich to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zurich in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 7°C in Melbourne. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Torquay, Ballarat, Point Nepean National Park, Eastern Beach Reserve, Hanging Rock Reserve
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Point Nepean National Park ©
Point Nepean National Park

12
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Opal Reef and River Rafting & Tubing. Visiting Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Atherton Tablelands will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Safaris (in Port Douglas), Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Spas & Wellness, & more) and Rex Lookout (in Wangetti). Spend the 6th (Sun) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. Spend the 3rd (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: stroll through Trinity Beach, identify plant and animal life at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, contemplate the long history of Historic Village Herberton, and head off the coast to Michaelmas Cay.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cairns road trip planning tool .

Fly from Melbourne to Cairns in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Melbourne, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kuranda, Port Douglas, Mareeba, Trinity Beach, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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