9 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

9 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

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9 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  25​h
1
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
Cairns
— 1 day
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

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 15th (Mon): meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, take an in-depth tour of Shrine of Remembrance, then don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station, and finally get lost in a book at State Library of Victoria.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip builder app .

London, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from London in April: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 23°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

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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: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Sydney driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

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 20th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Cairns trip tool .

Getting from Sydney to Cairns by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In April, Cairns is somewhat warmer than Sydney - with highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Adventure
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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