12 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

12 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

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Sydney
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Melbourne
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Cairns
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Sydney

The Harbour City

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 Sydney Opera House and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium make great kid-friendly stops. When in Sydney, make a side trip to see Palm Beach in Palm Beach, approximately Palm Beach away. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney day trip site.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 23 — 27:
Highlights from your trip
Palm Beach ©
Beach
Palm Beach
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Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Aquarium
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
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Melbourne

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Explore hidden gems such as ArtVo and Eastern Beach Reserve. Attractions like St. Patrick's Cathedral and Fitzroy Gardens make great kid-friendly stops. There's more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Sydney in January, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 27 — 30:
Highlights from your trip
ArtVo ©
Art Museum
ArtVo
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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like St Monica's Cathedral and Etty Bay.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Cairns planner.

Getting from Melbourne to Cairns by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in January: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 37°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 2:
Highlights from your trip
Etty Bay ©
Beach
Etty Bay
4.5

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