59 days in Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

59 days in Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

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Melbourne
— 28 nights
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Cairns
— 27 nights

28
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Split Point Lighthouse and Barwon Park. You'll get in some beach time at Brighton Beach and Dendy Street Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: Ballarat (Ballarat Botanical Gardens, Lake Wendouree, &more), St Augustine's Church (in Creswick) and Daylesford (Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens, Spas, &more). Spend the 28th (Thu) exploring nature at Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park. Spend the 15th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at ArtVo, look for all kinds of wild species at Phillip Island Wildlife Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Bells Beach, and savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip itinerary planning site.

Zurich, Switzerland to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Zurich in November: highs in Melbourne hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Wineries

Side Trips

Ballarat, Daylesford, Brighton, Cowes, Red Hill
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Brighton Beach ©
Brighton Beach
William Ricketts Sanctuary ©
William Ricketts Sanctuary
Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park ©

27
nights
Cairns

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Daintree National Park and St Mary’s by The Sea chapel. Relax by the water at Yorkeys Knob Beach and Wonga Beach. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Kuranda (Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Birdworld Kuranda, &more), Yungaburra (Lake Barrine, Bonadio's Mabi Wildlife Reserve, &more) and Port Douglas (Flagstaff Hill Lookout, Agincourt Reef, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands, meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, and contemplate the long history of Historic Village Herberton.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Melbourne to Cairns in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in December, things will get a bit warmer in Cairns: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Yungaburra, Kuranda, Atherton, Herberton
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Opal Reef ©
Opal Reef

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