15 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

15 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

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Melbourne — 4 nights

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like South Melbourne Market and ArtVo. Head to Federation Square and Melbourne Centralfor plenty of shopping. Spend the 3rd (Sun) on a tasty journey with a beer tour and tasting. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Australian Sports Museum, contemplate the long history of St. Patrick's Cathedral, get a sense of history and politics at Parliament House of Victoria, and admire the natural beauty at Fitzroy Gardens.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne driving holiday planner.

Edinburgh, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 25.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 10 hour difference. Traveling from Edinburgh in July, things will get slightly colder in Melbourne: highs are around 15°C and lows about 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Sydney.
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Sydney — 4 nights

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.
Head to Australian Opal Cutters and Pearl Divers and The Rocks Marketsfor plenty of shopping. Take a break from the city and head to Watsons Bay and Manly Scenic Walkway. And it doesn't end there: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, admire the natural beauty at Chinese Garden of Friendship, and admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney online visit planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in July: highs in Sydney hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to fly to Cairns.
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Cairns — 4 nights

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Seastar Cruises Reef Day Trips and Birdworld Kuranda. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Outdoor Activities, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, take an exotic tour of Billy Tea Safaris, and step off the mainland to explore Michaelmas Cay.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cairns trip site.

Fly from Sydney to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in July, things will get a bit warmer in Cairns: highs are around 30°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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