22 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

22 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

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22 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

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

6
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Bondi Beach and Hyde Park Barracks Museum. There's much more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, make a trip to Sydney Harbour Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, and appreciate the history behind Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Sydney tour itinerary planning site .

London, UK to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in December, things will get much hotter in Sydney: highs are around 32°C and lows about 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kids will enjoy Melbourne Zoo and Melbourne Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee (about 42 minutes away). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, have some family-friendly fun at Simulator World, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne travel itinerary planner .

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Sydney in December, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo

7
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Port Douglas (Safaris & Four Mile Beach) and Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). The adventure continues: enjoy some diversion at Muddy's Playground, take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns online vacation planner .

Fly from Melbourne to Cairns in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in January; daily highs in Cairns reach 37°C and lows reach 28°C. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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