15 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

15 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

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15 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  6 h
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: New Delhi

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.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip planner.

New Delhi, India to Melbourne is an approximately 15.5- hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from New Delhi to Melbourne. Traveling from New Delhi in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Melbourne, with lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

6
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Shelly Beach in Manly (about 36 minutes away). There's much more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Sydney trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 21°C. On the 15th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas (in Port Douglas) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). Spend the 16th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns online tour planner.

Getting from Sydney to Cairns by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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