29 days in Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

29 days in Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

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29 days in Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Hamburg
Fly:  25​h
1
Melbourne
— 12 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Cairns
— 13 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Hamburg

12
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Melbourne: The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay) and Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee). On the 9th (Tue), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. Dedicate the 12th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, get lost in a book at State Library of Victoria, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne driving holiday planner.

Hamburg, Germany to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Hamburg in April, with highs in Melbourne at 23°C and lows at 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

St. Kilda Beach, Werribee Open Range Zoo, The Great Ocean Road
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
The Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road

13
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Spas & Wellness, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, & more), Port Douglas (Safaris, Four Mile Beach, & more) and Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery (in Mossman). Spend the 19th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 25th (Thu) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. There's much more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cairns trip planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in April, expect nights in Cairns to be warmer, around 26°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 34°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Port Douglas, Alexandra Bay Waterfall, Crystal Cascades, Henry Ross Lookout
Find places to stay Apr 18 — May 1:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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