9 days in Sydney, Cairns & Melbourne Itinerary

9 days in Sydney, Cairns & Melbourne Itinerary

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9 days in Sydney, Cairns & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 1 night
End: Sydney

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: see a show at Sydney Opera House, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and stroll through Bondi Beach.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Sydney tour itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. August in Sydney sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

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

2
nights
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 28th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then take an exotic tour of Daintree Discovery Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary site .

You can fly from Sydney to Cairns in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in August; daily highs in Cairns reach 80°F and lows reach 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Daintree Discovery Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Daintree Discovery Tours ©
Daintree Discovery Tours

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.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, stroll through Melbourne Zoo, and make a trip to Block Arcade.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Melbourne day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Melbourne takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in August, things will get much colder in Melbourne: highs are around 57°F and lows about 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Tours
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National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

1
night
Sydney

Sydney ©
To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Sydney trip planning app .

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in September, with highs in Sydney at 71°F and lows at 54°F. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Mon) before leaving for home.
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Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck ©
Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck

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