60 days in Cairns & Melbourne Itinerary

60 days in Cairns & Melbourne Itinerary

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60 days in Cairns & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Belfast
Fly:  29​h
1
Cairns
— 30 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Melbourne
— 25 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Belfast

30
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.
Head to Village Gallery and Underart Galleryfor some retail therapy. Get some cultural insight at Des Spencer Galleries and Michael Seebeck Gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to Daintree (Floravilla Ice Cream Factory & Daintree Tea), Port Douglas (Flagstaff Hill Lookout, Four Mile Beach, & more) and Cow Bay (Walu Wugirriga Lookout, Cow Bay Beach, & more). Spend the 29th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 10th (Sun) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Thornton Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nudey Beach, take a peaceful walk through Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, and hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cairns online day trip planner .

Belfast, UK to Cairns is an approximately 29-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of ferry and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Belfast to Cairns. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Belfast in January: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 37°C and lows are around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

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

25
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
We've included these beaches for you: St. Kilda Beach and Cowes Beach. Shrine of Remembrance and St Paul's Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Melbourne side-trips: Berrys Beach (in Ventnor), Sovereign Hill (in Ballarat) and Phillip Island Nature Parks - Koala Conservation Centre (in Cowes). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Melbourne Central, hunt for treasures at Degraves Street, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, and contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol.

For photos and more tourist information, read our Melbourne day trip app .

You can fly from Cairns to Melbourne in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Cairns in March, with highs in Melbourne at 30°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

St Kilda, Cowes, Cape Woolamai Beach, Edithvale Beach, Moon Dog Craft Brewery
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Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Sovereign Hill ©
Sovereign Hill

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