8 days in Australia Itinerary

8 days in Australia Itinerary

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8 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h
2
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  26​h
End: New York City

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.
On the 21st (Fri), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Cairns trip simple and quick.

New York City, USA to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Cairns is 15 hours. Traveling from New York City in December, things will get much warmer in Cairns: highs are around 88°F and lows about 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling

2
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.
Do your shopping at Sydney Fish Market and Opal Minded. We've included these beaches for you: Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales, wander the streets of The Rocks, and catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Cairns to Sydney in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cairns in December, with highs in Sydney at 81°F and lows at 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Australian National Maritime Museum ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): stop by Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, then brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and finally look for gifts at Readings Book Shop.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip planner.

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 54°F in Melbourne. On the 26th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

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