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Melbourne to Cairns Drive

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The Melbourne to Cairns Drive

4,800 km | 55 hr drive | 6 - 7 weeks

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.

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Phillip Island

Itinerary Melbourne to Cairns Drive

PART ONE - Melbourne to Sydney Drive

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Killalea State Park

PART TWO - Sydney to Brisbane Drive

PART THREE - Brisbane to Airlie Beach Drive

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Lady Musgrave Melbourne to Cairns Road Trip
Sea Turtle on the Great Barrier Reef

PART FOUR - Airlie Beach to Cairns Drive

When you arrive in Cairns give yourself at least a week to explore CairnsPort DouglasCooktown, the Great Barrier Reef, Atherton TablelandsUndara Lava Tubes and the Daintree Rainforest.

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Ellis Beach, Cairns

Itinerary Cairns to Melbourne Drive

PART ONE - Cairns to Airlie Beach Drive

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Zoe Falls, Hinchinbrook Island

PART TWO - Airlie Beach to Brisbane Drive

PART THREE - Brisbane to Sydney Drive

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Blue Mountains National Park

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.

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Melbourne to Cairns Map

There are more detailed maps for each stop on the itinerary. 

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