43 days in Cairns, Fraser Island & Melbourne Itinerary

43 days in Cairns, Fraser Island & Melbourne Itinerary

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43 days in Cairns, Fraser Island & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Dusseldorf
train + Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 21 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  10​h 15​min
2
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
3
Melbourne
— 16 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Dusseldorf

21
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.
Bring the kids along to Safaris and Scuba & Snorkeling. Visit Four Mile Beach and Thornton Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan), Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Kayaking & Canoeing, & more) and Cape Tribulation (Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness & Daintree National Park). Spend the 26th (Fri) exploring nature at Mowbray National Park. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, get a new perspective on things with Shaolin Junk Cruises, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yorkeys Knob Beach, and engage your brain at Daintree Discovery Centre.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip planner .

Dusseldorf, Germany to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dusseldorf to Cairns is 9 hours. Traveling from Dusseldorf in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Cairns, with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

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

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie and then stroll through Seventy-Five Mile Beach. On the next day, explore the activities along Eli Creek.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island driving holiday planning site .

Getting from Cairns to Fraser Island by combination of flight, ferry, and car takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In August, Fraser Island is a bit cooler than Cairns - with highs of 27°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

16
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Family-friendly places like Melbourne Zoo and Melbourne Museum will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Melbourne side-trips: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Portsea), The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay) and Pulpit Rock (in Cape Schanck). Spend the 9th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Dedicate the 20th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip builder app .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Melbourne in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. Traveling from Fraser Island in August, things will get slightly colder in Melbourne: highs are around 16°C and lows about 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Gresswell Nature Reserve, The Great Ocean Road, St. Kilda Beach, Kalang Park, Pulpit Rock
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The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo

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