11 days in Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

11 days in Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

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11 days in Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Cairns
— 5 nights
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.
Old Melbourne Gaol and Shrine of Remembrance will appeal to history buffs. Relax by the water at St. Kilda Beach and Half Moon Bay. The adventure continues: browse the different shops at Melbourne Central, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, look for gifts at Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, and shop like a local with The White Room Interiors.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne visit planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Melbourne. December in Melbourne sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping Parks Outdoors

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.
Relax by the water at Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Four Mile Beach (in Port Douglas) and Wonga Beach (in Wonga Beach). Spend the 5th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Yorkeys Knob Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, look for gifts at Australian Leather Company, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Cairns trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can fly from Melbourne to Cairns in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in January; daily highs in Cairns reach 37°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

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