60 days in Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

60 days in Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

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60 days in Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

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

31
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Visiting Eastern Beach Reserve and Ballarat Wildlife Park will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Art Gallery of Ballarat and Dinny Goonan Wines. Venture out of the city with trips to Blackhill Reserve (in Kyneton), Paramoor Winery (in Carlsruhe) and Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee). Spend the 18th (Mon) exploring nature at Point Nepean National Park. Spend the 3rd (Tue) exploring nature at Mornington Peninsula National Park. There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, explore the activities along Lake Wendouree, enjoy the sand and surf at Bells Beach, and stroll through Brighton Beach.

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

Zurich, Switzerland to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. When traveling from Zurich in November, plan for much warmer days in Melbourne, with highs around 26°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Daylesford, Ballarat, Yea, Rhyll, Aireys Inlet
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Spas
Bells Beach ©
Bells Beach

25
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Historic Village Herberton and Spy & Camera Museum. Relax by the water at Trinity Beach and Wonga Beach. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Kuranda (Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Birdworld Kuranda, & more), Cape Tribulation (Daintree National Park & Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness) and Port Douglas (Flagstaff Hill Lookout, Agincourt Reef, & more). Spend the 14th (Sat) exploring nature at Curtain Fig National Park. Spend the 25th (Wed) exploring nature at Mt. Hypipamee National Park. Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands, take in the dramatic natural features at Babinda Boulders, and admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns road trip tool .

Getting from Melbourne to Cairns by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in December: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Yungaburra, Kuranda, Gordonvale, Herberton
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 29:
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Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

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