35 days in Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

35 days in Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

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35 days in Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Da Nang
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Melbourne
— 18 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Cairns
— 15 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Da Nang

18
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 Lake Wendouree and Bells Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Shrine of Remembrance and Art Gallery of Ballarat. Venture out of the city with trips to Eastern Beach Reserve (in Geelong), Barwon Heads (13th Beach & Anglican Church, Barwon Heads) and Ballarat Wildlife Park (in Ballarat). Spend the 23rd (Sat) exploring nature at Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park. Spend the 13th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Phillip Island Wildlife Park, cruise along The Great Ocean Road, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and get engrossed in the history at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne vacation planning tool .

Da Nang, Vietnam to Melbourne is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Indochina Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Traveling from Da Nang in March, expect slightly colder with lows of 15°C in Melbourne. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Torquay, Ballarat, Yea, Cowes, Barwon Heads
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park

15
nights
Cairns

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Historic Village Herberton and Atherton Tablelands. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Crystal Caves and Mulgrave Settlers Museum. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Port Douglas (Safaris, Spas & Wellness, & more), Jaques Coffee Plantation (in Mareeba) and Kuranda (Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Birdworld Kuranda, & more). Spend the 28th (Thu) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. Spend the 26th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, step off the mainland to explore Michaelmas Cay, kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, and let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns online trip builder .

Fly from Melbourne to Cairns in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in March, with highs in Cairns at 36°C and lows at 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Kuranda, Cape Tribulation, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Mulgrave Settlers Museum
Find places to stay Mar 24 — Apr 8:
Highlights from your plan
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Scuba & Snorkeling
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

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