24 days in Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

24 days in Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

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Melbourne

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay), Sovereign Hill (in Ballarat) and Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip itinerary planner.

London, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 10 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from London in October: highs in Melbourne hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Cairns

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Port Douglas (Safaris, Four Mile Beach, &more), Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach, Annie's at the Beach, &more) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti). The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, make a trip to Green Island, look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge Centre, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cairns online journey planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Cairns in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in October, you will find days in Cairns are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are much hotter (24°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips