10 days in Australia & Auckland Itinerary

10 days in Australia & Auckland Itinerary

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Auckland, New Zealand
— 1 day
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Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
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Canberra, Australia
— 1 night
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Melbourne, Australia
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Hobart, Australia
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Auckland, New Zealand

— 1 day

City of Sails

The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, get engrossed in the history at Auckland Museum, then look for gifts at Pauanesia, and finally don't miss a visit to SkyTower.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Auckland online holiday planner.

If you are flying in from New Zealand, the closest major aiports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Nightlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Sydney, Australia

— 3 nights

The Harbour City

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, and admire the natural beauty at Chinese Garden of Friendship.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planning tool.

Getting from Auckland to Sydney by flight takes about 7 hours. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Auckland in May, expect nights in Sydney to be slightly colder, around 14°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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Canberra, Australia

— 1 night

The Bush Capital

A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
On the 5th (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of Parliament of Australia, take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, and then get your game on at Axxe.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Canberra road trip site.

Fly from Sydney to Canberra in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Sydney in May, with highs in Canberra at 19°C and lows at 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Fun & Games · Museums

Melbourne, Australia

— 2 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): make a trip to Flinders Street Station, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, then appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance, then enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and finally walk around Fitzroy Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and then admire the landmark architecture of Royal Exhibition Building.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip planner.

Getting from Canberra to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Canberra in May, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Hobart, Australia

— 3 nights

Tasmania's Capital City

Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): get curious at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, admire the masterpieces at Lady Franklin Gallery, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, and finally look for gifts at Aspect Design. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a taste of the local shopping with Salamanca Market, view the masterpieces at Wild Island Tasmania, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of Old and New Art (Mona).

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hobart travel website.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Hobart takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.