43 days in Cairns, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

43 days in Cairns, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

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43 days in Cairns, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Pune
Fly:  18​h
1
Cairns
— 12 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Sydney
— 13 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 15 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Pune

12
nights
Cairns

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, Four Mile Beach, & more), Daintree National Park (in Cape Tribulation) and Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Palm Cove Beach, & more). The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see Off-Road Tours, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip maker .

Pune, India to Cairns is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 4 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Daintree National Park, Trinity Beach, Mossman Gorge Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

13
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Wentworth Falls (in Wentworth Falls), Katoomba (Blue Mountains & The Three Sisters) and Blackheath (Day FIne Art & Gallery Blackheath). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Sydney day trip planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Sydney in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cairns in January: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 32°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Blackheath, Katoomba, Bondi to Coogee Walk, Bilpin Cider Company, Shelly Beach
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 18:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

15
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Melbourne: Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee), The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay) and Sovereign Hill (in Ballarat). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, and pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance.

To see where to stay and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne day trip planning app .

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 17°C in Melbourne. On the 2nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Tours

Side Trips

Woodlands Park, The Great Ocean Road, Werribee Open Range Zoo, St. Kilda Beach, Sovereign Hill
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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