16 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

16 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

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Sydney
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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Rocks and Government House. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, and take in nature's colorful creations at Chinese Garden of Friendship.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Sydney tour builder.

Los Angeles, USA to Sydney is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll lose 18 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, things will get little chillier in Sydney: highs are around 65°F and lows about 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Melbourne

— 5 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.
Old Melbourne Gaol and St. Patrick's Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Dedicate the 14th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, contemplate the long history of Melbourne General Cemetery, admire the landmark architecture of Melbourne Town Hall, and make a trip to Royal Exhibition Building.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In June, Melbourne is slightly colder than Sydney - with highs of 57°F and lows of 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours · Museums

Cairns

— 5 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: Port Douglas (Safaris & With Sugar), Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery (in Mossman) and Historic Village Herberton (in Herberton). Spend the 16th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 18th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip maker app.

You can fly from Melbourne to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, Cairns is much warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 79°F and lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips