60 days in Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

60 days in Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

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60 days in Melbourne & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 30 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  5 h 45 min
2
Cairns
— 29 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  5 h 45 min
End: Melbourne

30
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Venture out of the city with trips to Gallipoli Park (in Marysville), Cheviot Tunnel (in Yea) and National Vietnam Veterans Museum (in Newhaven). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance, browse the collection at State Library Victoria, and contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol.

For more things to do and more tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary builder app .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Melbourne. In June, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Tours

Side Trips

Cowes, Woodlands Park, Panorama Garden Estate, The Coastal Walk, Rubie Thompson Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

29
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Port Douglas (Sunday Market Port Douglas, St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, &more), Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Palm Cove Beach, &more) and Mossman (Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery & Daintree Mangroves Wildlife Sanctuary). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary website .

You can fly from Melbourne to Cairns in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in July, with highs in Cairns at 30°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Kuranda, Palm Cove, Daintree, Trinity Beach
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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