28 days in Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

28 days in Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

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28 days in Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Paderborn
Fly:  32​h
1
Melbourne
— 13 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Cairns
— 11 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Paderborn

13
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Visit St. Kilda Beach and Half Moon Bay for some beach relaxation. Venture out of the city with trips to Somers Beach (in Somers), McCrae Beach (in McCrae) and Rye Ocean Beach (in Rye). Pamper yourself for a day on the 25th (Mon) at some of the top local wellness centers. Dedicate the 27th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, wander the streets of Melbourne Central, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Melbourne trip planner .

Paderborn, Germany to Melbourne is an approximately 32-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Paderborn to Melbourne. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Paderborn in March, with highs in Melbourne at 30°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Point Lonsdale Beach, Parkdale Beach, Rye Ocean Beach, Moon Dog Craft Brewery, Chelsea Beach
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central

11
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 get in some beach time at Thornton Beach and Wonga Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Daintree Discovery Centre (in Cow Bay), Port Douglas (Safaris, St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, & more) and Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery (in Mossman). Spend the 31st (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: stroll through Palm Cove Beach, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, enjoy the sand and surf at Ellis Beach, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Cairns takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in March, with highs in Cairns at 36°C and lows at 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Wonga Beach, Thornton Beach, Macalister Brewing Company
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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