40 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

40 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

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40 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 11 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 15 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
Cairns
— 12 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

11
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Eastern Beach Reserve and Sorrento Front Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Lake Wendouree and Healesville Sanctuary. Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: Spas (in Daylesford), Ballarat (Ballarat Wildlife Park & Ballarat Botanical Gardens) and Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee). Spend the 1st (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, cruise along The Great Ocean Road, contemplate the waterfront views at Yarra River, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip builder website .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Melbourne. In April in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Ballarat, Torquay, Barwon Heads, Healesville Sanctuary, Kalang Park
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Lake Wendouree ©
Lake Wendouree
Phillip Island Wildlife Park ©
Phillip Island Wildlife Park

15
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kiama Blowhole and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Escape the urban bustle at Bondi Beach and The Giant Stairway. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Govetts Leap (in Blackheath), Katoomba (The Three Sisters, Wentworth Falls, & more) and Wollongong Art Gallery (in Wollongong). Dedicate the 15th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Caves Beach, and hike along Manly Scenic Walkway.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Sydney driving holiday planning site .

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in May, with highs in Sydney at 24°C and lows at 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Katoomba, Kiama, Catherine Hill Bay Beach, Wollongong Art Gallery, Govetts Leap
Find places to stay May 3 — 18:
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The Giant Stairway ©
The Giant Stairway
Bronte Beach ©
Bronte Beach
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

12
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Opal Reef and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Step out of the city life by going to Agincourt Reef and Safaris. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Kuranda (Barron Falls & Birdworld Kuranda), Cape Tribulation (Daintree National Park & Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness) and Port Douglas (Spas, Ngarru Gallery, & more). Spend the 19th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 31st (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinity Beach, step off the mainland to explore Michaelmas Cay, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cairns journey planner.

Fly from Sydney to Cairns in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in May, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Kuranda, Daintree National Park, Trinity Beach, Walu Wugirriga Lookout
Find places to stay May 18 — 31:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

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