8 days in Cairns, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

8 days in Cairns, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

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8 days in Cairns, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

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

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, then kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cairns online travel route planner .

New York City, USA to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 15 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in September, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
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Trinity Beach

1
day
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 28th (Fri), examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, then enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, then brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and finally stroll through St. Kilda Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne trip builder app .

Fly from Cairns to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in September, things will get colder in Melbourne: highs are around 63°F and lows about 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Museums, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Shrine of Remembrance
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St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Museum

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Sydney

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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.
On the 29th (Sat), take a stroll through The Rocks, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and then catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House.

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You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In September, Sydney is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 71°F and lows of 54°F. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Neighborhoods, #Outdoors, #Parks
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Sydney Opera House
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The Rocks

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