33 days in Cairns, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

33 days in Cairns, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

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33 days in Cairns, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

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

10
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 Palm Cove Beach and Wonga Beach. Do your shopping at Coffee Works and DFO Cairns, Direct Factory Outlets. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Port Douglas (Safaris, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more), Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Cape Tribulation (Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness & Daintree National Park). Spend the 22nd (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall, get into the urban bustle at Tanks Arts Centre, and hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns holiday planning tool .

Manchester, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Manchester to Cairns due to the time zone difference. In January, Cairns is much hotter than Manchester - with highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Cape Tribulation, Rex Lookout, Tanks Arts Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
Head to Sydney Fish Market and Orange Grove Marketfor some retail therapy. The Rocks and Justice & Police Museum will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Sydney with an excursion to Shelly Beach in Manly--about 36 minutes away. Spend the 6th (Wed) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coogee Beach, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Cairns to Sydney by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Cairns in February; daily highs in Sydney reach 31°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Shelly Beach, Sydney Harbour National Park
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
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.
Old Melbourne Gaol and Shrine of Remembrance will appeal to history buffs. For shopping fun, head to Melbourne Central or South Melbourne Market. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee) and Sovereign Hill (in Ballarat). Dedicate the 13th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: stop by Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, stroll through St. Kilda Beach, buy something for everyone on your list at Bourke Street Mall, and enjoy the sand and surf at Half Moon Bay.

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Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Melbourne, with lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping Tours Parks

Side Trips

St. Kilda Beach, Werribee Open Range Zoo, Sovereign Hill
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Balloon Rides
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach

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