48 days in Cairns & Melbourne Itinerary

48 days in Cairns & Melbourne Itinerary

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48 days in Cairns & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Frankfurt
Fly:  23​h
1
Cairns
— 23 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Melbourne
— 21 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Frankfurt

23
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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Mulgrave Settlers Museum (in Gordonvale), Port Douglas (Safaris, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more) and The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre (in Atherton). Spend the 22nd (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 6th (Fri) exploring nature at Barron Gorge National Park. There's lots more to do: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach, and hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cairns trip planner .

Frankfurt, Germany to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Frankfurt to Cairns is 9 hours. August in Cairns sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

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

21
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 out of town with these interesting Melbourne side-trips: Koala Conservation Centre (in Cowes), Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee) and The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay). Dedicate the 18th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Spend the 26th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, get lost in a book at State Library of Victoria, and meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Melbourne trip planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Melbourne in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Cairns in September: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 20°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

St Kilda, The Nobbies Centre, Werribee Open Range Zoo, The Great Ocean Road, Hart's Farm
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The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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