26 days in Cairns & Melbourne Itinerary

26 days in Cairns & Melbourne Itinerary

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26 days in Cairns & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 12 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Melbourne
— 10 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Amsterdam

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Cape Tribulation (Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness & Daintree National Park), Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Palm Cove Beach, & more) and Port Douglas (Scuba & Snorkeling, Flagstaff Hill Lookout, & more). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, choose your vessel at Shaolin Junk Cruises, and look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cairns is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in July; daily highs in Cairns reach 30°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Rex Lookout, Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 20:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

10
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get out of town with these interesting Melbourne side-trips: Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee) and The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay). Dedicate the 26th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Melbourne takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Cairns in July: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 15°C and lows are around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Parks

Side Trips

The Great Ocean Road, Werribee Open Range Zoo
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 31:
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road

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