Melbourne, Cairns & Sydney

Australia Cities & Great Barrier Reef

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  • Estimated Budget

    $2,439 per person based on First Class hotels*
  • Trip Type

    Independent Travel
  • Duration

    15 days, 12 nights
  • Starting Location

    Melbourne, Australia
  • Final Destination

    Sydney, Australia

  • Includes Airfare

    Roudntrip Flights from Los Angeles

Our Route

Get to know three of Australia’s east coast cities as you travel from Melbourne in the south to Cairns in the north before ending in the spectacular harbor city of Sydney. Choose your own activities to make your vacation exactly your style. This twelve night air-inclusive with Virgin Australia getaway offers you four nights in each city, with plenty of time to explore and fill your days with must-do experiences.

Day 1: Depart USA

This evening make your way to the Los Angeles International Airport for your Virgin Australia flight to Melbourne.

Day 2: International Date Line

During your flight, you will cross the International Date Line.

Day 3: Arrive Melbourne

Welcome to Australia! After Immigration & Customs collect your luggage and make your way to your accommodation where you will be staying for the next four nights.

Day 4 – 6: Melbourne

The next three days are yours to explore Melbourne at your leisure. Melbourne is a food lover’s paradise. Take the time to awaken your senses as you stroll through the Queen Victoria Markets, maybe dine aboard the famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant or take a walk down Lygon Street and discover the many restaurant flavors. Melbourne is also home to many hidden laneways and secret alleys that house intimate bars and eclectic venues – be sure to explore these unique areas, you never know what you will find.

Luna Park, Melbourne
Luna Park, Melbourne
Melbourne Cafes
Melbourne Cafes

Day 7: Fly to Cairns

Today you make your way to the airport for your flight to Cairns. On arrival make your way to your accommodation for a four night stay.

Day 8 – 10: Leisure Time in Cairns

Spend the next three days exploring the Cairns region at your leisure. Cairns is your next stop, gateway to the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. You could dive into your own adventure; tour the Reef in a semi-submersible, fly overhead in a helicopter, don flippers and a mask and jump right in, or soak up the sun and the views aboard a sailing boat. Maybe explore the Daintree Rainforest by foot, vehicle or flying fox – each offering a different perspective of the oldest living rainforest on earth. 

Day 11: Fly to Sydney

Today you make your way to the Cairns Airport for your flight to Sydney. On arrival you will be transferred to your accommodation for a four night stay.

Day 12 – 14: Leisure Time in Sydney

The next three days are yours to explore Sydney at your leisure. The harbor city of Sydney is filled with opportunities to discover the best vantage point for that iconic photo to take home and frame. Walk the ground of the Royal Botanic Gardens that hug the harbor foreshore, take a tour under the sails of the spectacular Sydney Opera House, scale the heights of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and take in the surrounding views, or maybe grab a surfboard and take a lesson at one of Australia’s most famous beaches.

Bondi Beach
Day 15: Return to USA

Your Australian vacation concludes today when you are transferred to the airport for your flight back to the US.

Virgin Australia Plane


Round-trip airfare on Virgin Australia from Los Angeles to Melbourne, Cairns & Sydney

Four nights Melbourne, choice of hotel grade

Four nights Cairns, choice of hotel grade

Four nights Sydney, choice of hotel grade

US/foreign taxes & fees including September 11th Security Fee


Gratuities, meals and items of a personal nature

Tours & Activities, unless otherwise noted

Pricing based on double occupancy, single supplements apply

Australia Visa required for entry into Australia

All prices, itineraries and routing are subject to change without notice