59 days in Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

59 days in Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

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59 days in Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  25​h
1
Melbourne
— 28 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Cairns
— 27 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Zurich

28
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Eastern Beach Reserve and Sorrento Front Beach. Get some historical perspective at Split Point Lighthouse and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to Daylesford (Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens, Spas, & more), Brighton Beach (in Brighton) and St Augustine's Church (in Creswick). Spend the 28th (Thu) exploring nature at Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park. Spend the 15th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Wendouree, learn about winemaking at Paramoor Winery, enjoy the sand and surf at Bells Beach, and steep yourself in history at Barwon Park.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne route planning site .

Zurich, Switzerland to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Zurich to Melbourne, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Zurich, expect much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Wineries

Side Trips

Daylesford, Ballarat, Brighton, Cowes, Chewton
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Spas
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Brighton Beach ©
Brighton Beach

27
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Historic Village Herberton and Daintree National Park. Get some cultural insight at The Crystal Caves and Herberton Mining Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Kuranda (Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Birdworld Kuranda, & more), Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness (in Cape Tribulation) and Port Douglas (Flagstaff Hill Lookout, Agincourt Reef, & more). Spend the 17th (Tue) exploring nature at Curtain Fig National Park. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Thornton Beach, step off the mainland to explore Michaelmas Cay, and have fun at Muddy's Playground.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Cairns takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect Cairns to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Yungaburra, Kuranda, Herberton, Atherton
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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