12 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

12 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

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12 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Hong Kong

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Blue Mountains Tours as well as Big Bus Sydney. Attractions like Palm Beach and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium make great kid-friendly stops. There's more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Sydney travel route planner.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. January in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Palm Beach
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 27:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Palm Beach ©
Palm Beach

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Family-friendly places like Eastern Beach Reserve and ArtVo will thrill your kids. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to St. Patrick's Cathedral and Fitzroy Gardens. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck.

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You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in January, Melbourne is little chillier at night with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Eastern Beach Reserve
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 30:
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
ArtVo ©
ArtVo
Fitzroy Gardens ©
Fitzroy Gardens

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to St Monica's Cathedral and Etty Bay.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip planner .

Fly from Melbourne to Cairns in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in January: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 37°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Etty Bay
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 2:
Highlights from your plan
Etty Bay ©
Etty Bay
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

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