37 days in Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

37 days in Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

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37 days in Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  20​h
1
Melbourne
— 19 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Cairns
— 15 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

19
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Shrine of Remembrance and Sovereign Hill will appeal to history buffs. You'll get in some beach time at St. Kilda Beach and Eastern Beach Reserve. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to Portsea Back Beach (in Portsea), The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay) and Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee). Dedicate the 20th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, get engrossed in the history at Immigration Museum, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne vacation builder app .

San Francisco, USA to Melbourne is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 18 hours traveling from San Francisco to Melbourne. In February, Melbourne is a bit warmer than San Francisco - with highs of 80°F and lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Portsea Back Beach, Scienceworks, St. Kilda Beach, Sorrento Back Beach, Eastern Beach Reserve
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

15
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Museum-lovers will appreciate Daintree Discovery Centre and Bones and Jones. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Spas & Wellness, & more), Port Douglas (With Sugar, Coffee Works - Port Douglas, & more) and Wonga Beach (in Wonga Beach). Spend the 28th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, kick back and relax at Ellis Beach, take a memorable tour with Tours, and do some two-wheel cruising with Trail Bike Adventures.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cairns day trip planner.

Getting from Melbourne to Cairns by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in February, with highs in Cairns at 88°F and lows at 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Cow Bay, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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