14 days in Sydney, Cairns & Melbourne Itinerary

14 days in Sydney, Cairns & Melbourne Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia tour planner

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Sydney
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Cairns
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Melbourne
— 4 nights
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Sydney

— 4 nights

The Harbour City

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. Bring the kids along to Sydney Opera House and Manly Beach. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, take in panoramic vistas at Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck, stroll through Bondi Beach, and visit Darling Harbour.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Sydney vacation planner.

Nelson, New Zealand to Sydney is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In August in Sydney, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Cairns

— 4 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas, approximately Port Douglas away. It doesn't end there: have some family-friendly fun at Cairns Kart Hire Track.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Cairns day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, Cairns is somewhat warmer than Sydney - with highs of 31°C and lows of 20°C. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Fun & Games

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Melbourne

— 4 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Queen Victoria Market. Attractions like Melbourne Zoo and Fitzroy Gardens make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Melbourne with an excursion to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee--about 42 minutes away.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Cairns in August, with highs in Melbourne at 16°C and lows at 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

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