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 Darling Harbour. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, take in panoramic vistas at Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck, stroll through Bondi Beach, and kick back and relax at Manly Beach.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Sydney vacation planning tool.

Nelson, New Zealand to Sydney is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. Traveling from Nelson to Sydney, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in Sydney are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · 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

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · 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 Werribee Open Range Zoo make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Fitzroy Gardens.

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

Getting from Cairns to Melbourne by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in August, things will get much colder in Melbourne: highs are around 16°C and lows about 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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