16 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

16 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

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Sydney
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Cairns
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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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, shopping, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, and explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney online driving holiday planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Sydney is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a 18 hour difference. In June, Sydney is little chillier than Los Angeles - with highs of 65°F and lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

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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.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station, and explore and take pictures at Royal Exhibition Building.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in July, things will get a bit cooler in Melbourne: highs are around 56°F and lows about 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Cairns

— 6 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti), Port Douglas (Port Douglas Court House Museum, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, &more) and Mulgrave Settlers Museum (in Gordonvale). There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach.

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Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in July, with highs in Cairns at 79°F and lows at 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

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