The Melbourne to Cairns Drive (or Cairns to Melbourne Drive) takes in the entire East Coast of Australia. With all the stops it adds up to 4,800 km. To put this in perspective, Edinburgh to Istanbul is 2,280 km and New York City to Los Angeles is 2,780 km. There is much to see, some of it so beautiful and unique that it's World Heritage Listed.
Daily drive times average around 3 hours per day. We have suggested places where you might wish to spend more time. If you do all of these you'll add 10 or more days to your itinerary as well as memories that will last a lifetime
Keep scrolling for the Cairns to Melbourne itinerary.
PART ONE - Melbourne to Sydney Drive
PART TWO - Sydney to Brisbane Drive
Ellis Beach, Cairns
PART FOUR - Sydney to Melbourne Drive
This is the coastal itinerary. If you'd prefer to take in Canberra and its museums as well as the Snowy Mountains and Alpine National Parks, take the Mountain and Coastal Sydney to Melbourne Drive.
Mornington Peninsula is just 76 km (1 hr) from Melbourne.
There are more detailed maps for each stop on the itinerary.
Heart of Reef Shuttles, 48-50 Carlo Drive, Cannonvale, Queensland 4802 Phone: 1800 216 223
40 French Street, Eagle Farm, Queensland 4009
Phone: 1800 216 223
440 Sheridan Street, Cairns,
Queensland 4870 Phone: 1800 216 223
2/11 Northview St, Mermaid Waters QLD 4218 Phone: 1800 216 223
273 Elizabeth Street, Coburg,
Victoria 3058 Phone: 1800 216 223
23-25 Erskine Rd, Caringbah,
Sydney, NSW 2229 Phone: 1800 216 223
167 Mount Low Parkway, Townsville,
Queensland 4814 Phone: 1800 216 223