6 days in Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

6 days in Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

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6 days in Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Eastern Beach Reserve and 13th Beach. There's lots more to do: meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and take in nature's colorful creations at Fitzroy Gardens.

For maps and other tourist information, read our Melbourne trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Melbourne. In December in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Eastern Beach Reserve, 13th Beach
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Muddy's Playground and The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk. Step out of Cairns to go to Kuranda and see Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, which is approximately 36 minutes away. Spend the 1st (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, and enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns tour itinerary planner .

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
River Rafting & Tubing

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