11 days in Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

11 days in Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  5 h
2
Cairns
— 5 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  5 h
End: Melbourne

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get some historical perspective at Old Melbourne Gaol and Trinity College Chapel. We've included these beaches for you: St. Kilda Beach and Sandridge Beach. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Melbourne Central, get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, look for gifts at Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, and kick back and relax at Half Moon Bay.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Melbourne online visit planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Melbourne. In December, daytime highs in Melbourne are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping Parks Beaches

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central

5
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Four Mile Beach and Wonga Beach. Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove--about 32 minutes away. Spend the 5th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, stroll through Yorkeys Knob Beach, and look for gifts at Australian Leather Company.

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You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Melbourne to Cairns in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In January, Cairns is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Four Mile Beach, Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Wonga Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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