60 days in Cairns, Greater Melbourne & Greater Sydney Itinerary

60 days in Cairns, Greater Melbourne & Greater Sydney Itinerary

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Cairns
— 17 nights
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St Kilda
— 12 nights
Fly to Sydney, Ferry to Manly
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Manly
— 15 nights
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Penrith
— 12 nights
Drive to Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport, Fly to Los Angeles International Airport

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Historic Village Herberton and St Monica's Cathedral. Relax by the water at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Cow Bay (Cow Bay Beach & Daintree Discovery Centre), Port Douglas (Four Mile Beach, Safaris, &more) and Wangetti (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Rex Lookout). Spend the 15th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 25th (Sat) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. And it doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge Centre, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cairns day trip planning website.

Los Angeles, USA to Cairns is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 18 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in January, expect nights in Cairns to be much hotter, around 75°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 89°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to St Kilda.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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St Kilda

Get in touch with nature at St. Kilda Beach and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Visit Brighton Beach and Aspendale Beach for some beach relaxation. Get out of town with these interesting St Kilda side-trips: Werribee (B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia & Werribee Open Range Zoo), Parkdale Beach (in Parkdale) and Our Lady Ta' Pinu Shrine (in Bacchus Marsh).

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read St Kilda trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to St Kilda takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and tram. In February, St Kilda is a bit cooler than Cairns - with highs of 79°F and lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Manly.

Things to do in St Kilda

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Manly

Located 11 km (7 mi) across the harbor from Sydney, a holiday in Manly combines quiet neighborhood charm and coastal attractions, all the while placing you within easy access to the big city.
You'll get in some beach time at Shelly Beach and Queenscliff Beach. Museum-lovers will appreciate Manly Art Gallery and Museum and Aboriginal Dreamtime Fine Art Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Manly: Vaucluse (Macquarie Lighthouse, Johnstons Lookout, &more), Mona Vale (Maritime Model Museum & Mona Vale Beach) and Ingleside (The Baha'i Temple & Baha'i House of Worship). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Fairlight Beach, explore the galleries of Joel Coleman Gallery, stroll through Little Manly Beach, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, read Manly trip planner.

Getting from St Kilda to Manly by combination of flight and ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of tram, train, and ferry. Traveling from St Kilda in February, Manly is a bit warmer at night with lows of 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Penrith.

Things to do in Manly

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Penrith

You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Shelly Beach RockPool and Paradise Beach. You'll explore and learn at Museum of Fire and Sydney Tramway Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Holy Family Catholic Church (in Ingleburn), Wat Pa Buddharangsee (in Leumeah) and Campbelltown Arts Centre (in Campbelltown). Spend the 6th (Fri) exploring nature at Berowra Valley National Park. Spend the 10th (Tue) exploring nature at Heathcote National Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Penrith trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Manly to Penrith takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In February in Penrith, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Penrith

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Greater Melbourne travel guide

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Beaches · Parks · Gardens
Greater Melbourne extends along the coastline and into the hinterlands, revealing a picturesque landscape composed of rolling hills, lush valleys, and gullies blanketed by thick native forests and vineyards. Greater Melbourne tourism thrives largely thanks to the city of Melbourne's vast selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, art galleries, historic sites, restaurants, shopping malls, and street markets, as well as the region's many natural attractions. Thanks to its proximity to the Yarra Valley and the ocean, a Greater Melbourne vacation allows you to surf in the Pacific, go on a wildlife safari, and travel on Australia's oldest preserved steam train on the very same day.

Greater Sydney travel guide

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Hiking Trails · Zoos · Beaches
Sandy beaches, rolling hills, azure rivers, and charming settlements are the hallmarks of Greater Sydney. Coastal suburbs and picturesque harbors are common. Areas such as Manly live up to the Australian stereotype of the laid-back, prosperous, beach-going community.