40 days in Cairns, Brisbane & Melbourne Itinerary

40 days in Cairns, Brisbane & Melbourne Itinerary

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40 days in Cairns, Brisbane & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 12 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Brisbane
— 11 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Melbourne
— 14 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: London

12
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.
Attractions like Wooroonooran National Park and Trinity Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Get some historical perspective at Historic Village Herberton and St Monica's Cathedral. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove), Cape Tribulation (Daintree National Park & Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness) and Port Douglas (Agincourt Reef & Horses in Port). Spend the 26th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 22nd (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, head off the coast to Michaelmas Cay, relax in the rural setting at Gallo DairyLand, and take a tour by water with Shaolin Junk Cruises.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary maker website .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from London in July: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 30°C and lows are around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Kuranda, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Trinity Beach, Cairns Kart Hire Track
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

11
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.
Visiting Burleigh Head National Park and Kings Beach will get you outdoors. Attractions like Coolangatta Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Brisbane: Slideways - Go Karting Gold Coast (in Nerang), Kirra Beach (in Coolangatta) and Mooloolaba (Mooloolaba Beach & Scuba & Snorkeling). On the 13th (Tue), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Main Range National Park. Spend the 8th (Thu) with some fine spirits on a distillery tour. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, get in on the family fun at Wheel of Brisbane, enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Climb, and take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane visit planner .

Getting from Cairns to Brisbane by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Cairns in August, with highs in Brisbane at 25°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Maleny, Mooloolaba, Tanawha, Tropical Fruit World
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach

14
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get in touch with nature at Eastern Beach Reserve and Dandenong Ranges National Park. Visit St. Kilda Beach and Bells Beach for some beach relaxation. Venture out of the city with trips to Healesville Sanctuary (in Healesville), Daylesford (Lake Daylesford & Spas & Wellness) and Ballarat Wildlife Park (in Ballarat). Spend the 24th (Sat) exploring nature at Point Addis Marine National Park. Spend the 25th (Sun) exploring nature at Point Nepean National Park. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Melbourne Zoo, look for all kinds of wild species at Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne tour planner.

You can fly from Brisbane to Melbourne in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In August, Melbourne is a bit cooler than Brisbane - with highs of 16°C and lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Anglesea, Lake Daylesford, Ballarat Wildlife Park, Healesville Sanctuary, Maru Koala and Animal Park
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Point Nepean National Park ©
Point Nepean National Park

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