26 days in Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

26 days in Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

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26 days in Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

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

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: Kitty Miller Bay (in Ventnor), Rahona Valley Vineyard (in Red Hill) and Cowes Beach (in Cowes). Pamper yourself for a day on the 8th (Mon) at some of the top local wellness centers. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Melbourne Central, try your luck at Crown Casino, tour the pleasant surroundings at Half Moon Bay, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Melbourne online attractions planner .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Melbourne is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Melbourne. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in March, with highs in Melbourne at 30°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

St. Kilda Beach, Rahona Valley Vineyard, Coburg Farmers' Market, Cape Woolamai Beach, Cowes Beach
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Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Degraves Street ©
Degraves Street

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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Spas & Wellness, Palm Cove Beach, & more), Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach) and Port Douglas (Ngarru Gallery, Four Mile Beach, & more). Spend the 10th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: stroll through Trinity Beach, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Macalister Brewing Company, enjoy the sand and surf at Ellis Beach, and tee off at Paradise Palms Country Club.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Cairns attractions planner .

Fly from Melbourne to Cairns in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Melbourne, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Mossman, Thornton Beach, Macalister Brewing Company
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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