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8 days in South Pacific Itinerary
Cairns— 1 day
Sydney— 1 night
Fly: 3h 30min
Melbourne— 2 nights
Fly + Bus: 26h
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The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef
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.Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.
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Belfast, UK to Cairns is an approximately 29-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of ferry and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Traveling from Belfast in December, things will get much warmer in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sydney.
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The Harbour City
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.Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): wander the streets of The Rocks, don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge, then admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Bondi Beach, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and then wander the streets of Darling Harbour.
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Traveling by flight from Cairns to Sydney takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Cairns in December; daily highs in Sydney reach 32°C and lows reach 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.
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Australia's Garden City
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.On the 17th (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, and then steep yourself in history at Parliament House of Victoria.
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Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Sydney in December, with lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.
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