33 days in Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

33 days in Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

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33 days in Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  25​h
1
Melbourne
— 17 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Cairns
— 13 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Zurich

17
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Step out of the city life by going to Eastern Beach Reserve and Bells Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ballarat Wildlife Park and Lake Daylesford. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to Dandenong Ranges National Park (in Dandenong), The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay) and Art Gallery of Ballarat (in Ballarat). Spend the 25th (Mon) exploring nature at Point Nepean National Park. Spend the 27th (Wed) exploring nature at Point Addis Marine National Park. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, fly down the slopes at Lake Mountain Alpine Resort, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and identify plant and animal life at Hanging Rock Reserve.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip itinerary planner .

Zurich, Switzerland to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Zurich in June: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 16°C and lows are around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Yea, Torquay, Ballarat, Brighton Beach, Maru Koala and Animal Park
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The Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Opal Reef and Trinity Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Daintree National Park and Atherton Tablelands. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach), Kuranda (Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Birdworld Kuranda, & more) and Yungaburra (Artistree Gallery & Curtain Fig National Park). Spend the 6th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 14th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Tablelands, Waterfalls, and Spanish Castle, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns visit planner .

Getting from Melbourne to Cairns by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in July, expect Cairns to be warmer, temps between 30°C and 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Kuranda, Port Douglas, Mareeba, Yungaburra, Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

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