8 days in South Pacific Itinerary

8 days in South Pacific Itinerary

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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.
On the 14th (Sat), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cairns tour planning tool.

Belfast, UK to Cairns is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Belfast in December; daily highs in Cairns reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling


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.
On the 15th (Sun), visit The Rocks, take in the views from 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. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, then 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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You can fly from Cairns to Sydney in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in December, expect Sydney to be slightly colder, temps between 32°C and 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
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Bondi Beach
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney


Melbourne ©
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, then enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, and then get a sense of history and politics at Parliament House of Victoria.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Melbourne day trip app.

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Sydney in December, with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

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Royal Botanic Gardens
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Melbourne Zoo
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Melbourne Museum