32 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

32 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

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32 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Hanoi
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Sydney
— 8 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 11 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Cairns
— 11 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Hanoi


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.
Get some historical perspective at The Rocks and Government House. You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Clovelly. When in Sydney, make a side trip to see Shelly Beach in Manly, approximately 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, kick back and relax at Maroubra Beach Rocky Climb, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Coogee Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Sydney day trip site .

Hanoi, Vietnam to Sydney is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Indochina Time (ICT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST), which is usually a 3 hour difference. In January in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

11
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Attractions like Melbourne Zoo and Melbourne Museum make great kid-friendly stops. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at St. Kilda Beach and McCrae Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Melbourne: Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee) and The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay). Dedicate the 13th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, stroll through Sandridge Beach, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

To find reviews and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne holiday site .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Sydney in February since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Werribee Open Range Zoo, McCrae Beach, St. Kilda Beach, The Great Ocean Road
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Balloon Rides
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach

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.
Kids will enjoy Scuba & Snorkeling and Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Thornton Beach and Trinity Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Port Douglas (Safaris, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more), Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay) and Palm Cove (Spas & Wellness, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, & more). Spend the 24th (Sun) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Wonga Beach, identify plant and animal life at Green Arrow Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ellis Beach, and take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip planner .

Fly from Melbourne to Cairns in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in February, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. On the 26th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Cape Tribulation, Palm Cove, Ellis Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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