8 days in Australia Itinerary

8 days in Australia Itinerary

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8 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip planner .

San Francisco, USA to Cairns is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Cairns, you'll lose 18 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Cairns is much warmer than San Francisco - with highs of 88°F and lows of 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Tours Adventure
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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, then see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Fitzroy Gardens. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Flinders Street Station, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne online tour planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Melbourne in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in December, things will get slightly colder in Melbourne: highs are around 78°F and lows about 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

3
nights
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, kick back and relax at Coogee Beach, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney day trip app .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 65°F in Sydney. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

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