34 days in Cairns Region, Brisbane Region & Melbourne Itinerary

34 days in Cairns Region, Brisbane Region & Melbourne Itinerary

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34 days in Cairns Region, Brisbane Region & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 9 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
North Stradbroke Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Ipswich
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Brisbane
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Melbourne
— 10 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Zurich

9
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 15th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 19th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and explore the striking landscape of Barron Gorge National Park.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cairns road trip tool .

Zurich, Switzerland to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Zurich to Cairns, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to North Stradbroke Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Barron Gorge National Park
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

2
nights
North Stradbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island ©
Spend the 26th (Fri) exploring nature at Blue Lake National Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the North Stradbroke Island online itinerary maker .

Explore your travel options from Cairns to North Stradbroke Island with the Route module. Traveling from Cairns in July, expect North Stradbroke Island to be little chillier, temps between 24°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ipswich.

Things to do in North Stradbroke Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Cylinder Beach ©
Cylinder Beach
North Gorge Walk
North Gorge Walk
Dunwich Cemetery ©
Dunwich Cemetery

1
night
Ipswich

Ipswich ©
Ipswich is an urban region in south-east Queensland, Australia, which is located in the south-west of the Brisbane metropolitan area. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): admire all the interesting features of Queensland Raceways and then stroll through Hidden Vale Adventure Park. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Nerima Gardens, explore the engaging exhibits at Ipswich Art Gallery, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Robelle Domain.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Ipswich driving holiday planner.

Drive from North Stradbroke Island to Ipswich in 4 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from North Stradbroke Island in July since evenings lows in Ipswich dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Ipswich

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Hidden Vale Adventure Park ©
Hidden Vale Adventure Park
Robelle Domain ©
Robelle Domain
Nerima Gardens ©
Nerima Gardens

7
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Change things up with a short trip to Bee Gees Way in Redcliffe (about 44 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane travel route planner .

You can drive from Ipswich to Brisbane in an hour. Traveling from Ipswich in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Brisbane, with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Bee Gees Way, Captain Cook Highway
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

10
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Venture out of the city with trips to Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee) and The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay). Dedicate the 10th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, browse the collection at State Library of Victoria, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip itinerary builder website .

You can fly from Brisbane to Melbourne in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Brisbane in August, with highs in Melbourne at 16°C and lows at 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

The Great Ocean Road, Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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