7 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

7 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

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7 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 2 nights
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
End: Melbourne

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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 7th (Fri), examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, admire the natural beauty at Melbourne Zoo, and then take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Melbourne vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Melbourne. In December in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

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Sydney

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Rocks Walking Tours as well as Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): see a show at Sydney Opera House and then enjoy breathtaking views from Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, then get the lay of the land with The Rocks Walking Tours, then wander the streets of The Rocks, and finally wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Melbourne in December, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Parks Outdoors
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and Kuranda Scenic Railway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): take a memorable ride with Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, take a memorable tour with Kuranda Scenic Railway, then relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cairns day trip planning app .

Getting from Sydney to Cairns by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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