26 days in Cairns, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

26 days in Cairns, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

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26 days in Cairns, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  23​h
1
Cairns
— 7 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Sydney
— 8 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 7 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Manchester

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 Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Visit Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Port Douglas (Safaris, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more), Rex Lookout (in Wangetti) and Cape Tribulation (Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness & Daintree National Park). The adventure continues: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, take in the dramatic scenery at Josephine Falls, and pause for some photo ops at Cairns Cenotaph.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cairns tour itinerary tool .

Manchester, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Manchester to Cairns. Traveling from Manchester in January, expect Cairns to be much warmer, temps between 37°C and 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Rex Lookout, Daintree National Park, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

8
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.
For shopping fun, head to Sydney Fish Market or Queen Victoria Building (QVB). Get outdoors at Bondi Beach and Clovelly. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Manly to see Shelly Beach about 36 minutes away. Spend the 3rd (Sun) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through The Rocks, explore and take pictures at Fort Denison Island, kick back and relax at Coogee Beach, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Sydney takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in January, expect Sydney to be a bit cooler, temps between 32°C and 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Sydney Harbour National Park, Shelly Beach
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
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Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

7
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Do your shopping at Melbourne Central and The White Room Interiors. Get outdoors at Melbourne Zoo and St. Kilda Beach. Dedicate the 10th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, browse the different shops at South Melbourne Market, look for gifts at Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Melbourne online attractions planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Sydney in February, with lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping Tours Parks

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach

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