26 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

26 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

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26 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

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

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.
Head to Melbourne Central and Degraves Streetfor some retail therapy. Popular historic sites such as Old Melbourne Gaol and Shrine of Remembrance are in your itinerary. Dedicate the 26th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: look for gifts at Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, kick back and relax at Half Moon Bay, and stroll through St. Kilda Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Melbourne route planning tool .

Manchester, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) is 10 hours. In January, Melbourne is much warmer than Manchester - with highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping Tours Parks

Side Trip

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

10
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.
Shop till you drop at Sydney Fish Market and Queen Victoria Building (QVB). You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Bilgola Beach (in Bilgola) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). Spend the 4th (Mon) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney road trip planning site .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Palm Cove Beach and Four Mile Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Trinity Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Port Douglas (Safaris, Coffee Works, & more), Rex Lookout (in Wangetti) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). There's lots more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, appreciate the history behind Cairns Cenotaph, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip itinerary maker tool .

You can fly from Sydney to Cairns in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in February, with highs in Cairns at 36°C and lows at 28°C. You will leave for home on the 14th (Thu).

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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