13 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

13 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
2
Sydney
— 5 nights
3
Cairns
— 3 nights

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Eastern Beach Reserve and State Library Victoria. Venture out of the city with trips to Ballarat (Ballarat Botanical Gardens & Lake Wendouree), St George's Lake (in Creswick) and National Wool Museum (in Geelong). And it doesn't end there: get curious at Australian Centre for the Moving Image, don't miss a visit to Southbank, take a stroll around Federation Square, and see where the action happens at Rod Laver Arena.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Melbourne road trip app.

Singapore, Singapore to Melbourne is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Singapore to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Singapore in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Melbourne, with highs around °C, while nights are much colder with lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Tours

Side Trips

Ballarat, Geelong, St George's Lake
Highlights from your plan
Federation Square ©
Federation Square
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Australian Centre for the Moving Image ©
Australian Centre for the Moving Image

5
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Speed Boats Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Govetts Leap (in Blackheath), Leura (Everglades Historic House and Gardens, Leura Cascades, &more) and Wentworth Falls (in Wentworth Falls). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales, take in the awesome beauty at Blue Mountains, and see a show at Sydney Opera House.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Sydney trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sydney, with lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Leura, Katoomba, Govetts Leap, Bondi to Coogee Walk, Wentworth Falls
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Speed Boats Tours
St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral

3
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Palm Cove Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: St Mary’s by The Sea chapel (in Port Douglas) and Spas (in Palm Cove). Spend the 21st (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns online tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Cairns takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, Cairns is somewhat warmer than Sydney - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, St Mary’s by The Sea chapel
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel ©
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel

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