22 days in Cairns & Ballarat Itinerary

22 days in Cairns & Ballarat Itinerary

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22 days in Cairns & Ballarat Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + Shuttle:  5 h 45 min
1
Cairns
— 12 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  7 h
2
Ballarat
— 9 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
End: Melbourne

12
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Mulgrave Settlers Museum (in Gordonvale), Port Douglas (Horses in Port, Safaris, &more) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take a memorable tour with Tours, and hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cairns online vacation planner.

Melbourne to Cairns is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in May, expect nights in Cairns to be much hotter, around 24°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Ballarat.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, Mulgrave Settlers Museum, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Honey House
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

9
nights
Ballarat

Ballarat ©
Modern Ballarat is known for its study and innovation of alternative energy sources.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ballarat: Torquay (Surfcoastimages Gallery & The Great Ocean Road), Barwon Heads Village Park (in Barwon Heads) and Bellarine Distillery (in Drysdale). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Sovereign Hill, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, explore the activities along Lake Wendouree, and admire the natural beauty at Ballarat Botanical Gardens.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Ballarat trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Cairns to Ballarat takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Cairns in May: highs in Ballarat hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Ballarat

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Bendigo, Geelong, Halls Gap, Daylesford, Torquay
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The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Sovereign Hill ©
Sovereign Hill
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Geelong Adventure Specialists

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