39 days in Cairns, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

39 days in Cairns, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

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39 days in Cairns, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 11 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Melbourne
— 12 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 12 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Zurich

11
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Port Douglas (Safaris, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more), Cape Tribulation (Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness & Daintree National Park) and Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Palm Cove Beach, & more). Spend the 6th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, tour the water at your own pace with Shaolin Junk Cruises, and enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach.

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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. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to Cairns is 9 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Zurich in October: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 34°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Cape Tribulation, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

12
nights
Melbourne

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 20th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol.

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Fly from Cairns to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Cairns, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

St. Kilda Beach, Werribee Open Range Zoo, The Great Ocean Road
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

12
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: The National Pass (in Blue Mountains National Park), Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba) and Everglades Historic House and Gardens (in Leura). Spend the 4th (Sun) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's still lots to do: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Coogee Beach, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and stroll through Bondi Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney route builder tool .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in October: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 28°C and lows are around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Everglades Historic House and Gardens, Wentworth Falls, The National Pass
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden

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