14 days in Sydney, Cairns & Melbourne Itinerary

14 days in Sydney, Cairns & Melbourne Itinerary

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Start: Seattle
Fly:  20 h 30 min
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  6 h
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  5 h 45 min
3
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  21 h 30 min
End: Seattle

4
nights
Sydney

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.
Visit Bondi Beach and Manly Beach for some beach relaxation. ATTY Gallery and Australian National Maritime Museum will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, see a show at Sydney Opera House, and get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Sydney day trip planning tool.

Seattle, USA to Sydney is an approximately 20.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to Sydney is 18 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Seattle in December: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 81°F and lows are around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Underart Gallery and Bones and Jones. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Palm Cove Beach. Next up on the itinerary: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Freshwater Station.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Sydney to Cairns by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in December, with highs in Cairns at 88°F and lows at 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Let the collections at Melbourne Museum and Federation Square capture your imagination. Melbourne Central and Collins St/Swanston St are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: browse the fresh offerings at Queen Victoria Market, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach, and stroll through Port Melbourne Beach.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Melbourne trip planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Cairns to Melbourne in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in December, things will get little chillier in Melbourne: highs are around 78°F and lows about 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

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

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