39 days in Cairns & Melbourne Itinerary

39 days in Cairns & Melbourne Itinerary

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39 days in Cairns & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 17 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Melbourne
— 18 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: London

17
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Trinity Beach and Four Mile Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Historic Village Herberton and Opal Reef. Venture out of the city with trips to Yungaburra (Artistree Gallery & Curtain Fig National Park), Kuranda (Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Birdworld Kuranda, & more) and Cape Tribulation (Daintree National Park & Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness). Spend the 18th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 25th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours, explore the striking landscape at Babinda Boulders, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Wonga Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cairns visit website .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from London in December; daily highs in Cairns reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kuranda, Port Douglas, Yungaburra, Palm Cove, Daintree National Park
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Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Scuba & Snorkeling
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Eastern Beach Reserve and Somers Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Ballarat Wildlife Park and Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Melbourne: Brighton Beach (in Brighton), Art Gallery of Ballarat (in Ballarat) and Point Roadknight (in Anglesea). Spend the 9th (Wed) exploring nature at Point Nepean National Park. Dedicate the 7th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bells Beach, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Dandenong Ranges National Park.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne travel planner .

Getting from Cairns to Melbourne by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Cairns in January: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 32°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Portsea, Torquay, Ballarat, Chewton, Hanging Rock Reserve
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Brighton Beach ©
Brighton Beach
Point Nepean National Park ©
Point Nepean National Park

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