16 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

16 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Pacific holiday planner

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Cairns, Australia
— 2 nights
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Port Douglas, Australia
— 2 nights
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Sydney, Australia
— 2 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Melbourne, Australia
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Perth, Australia
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Cairns, Australia

— 2 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Munro Martin Parklands, stroll through Yorkeys Knob Beach, learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, then admire the sheer force of Crystal Cascades, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Centenary Lakes - Cairns Botanic Gardens. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, then cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, then admire all the interesting features of Red Arrow Walk, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Cattana Wetlands.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns tour planning tool.

Zurich, Switzerland to Cairns is an approximately 25-hour flight. Traveling from Zurich to Cairns, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Zurich in November, with highs in Cairns at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Australia

— 2 nights
A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout, hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas, then get outside with Port Douglas Microlights, and finally head outdoors with The Bump Track. Keep things going the next day: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, then learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, then kick back and relax at Wonga Beach, and finally look for gifts at Moonglow Jewellery.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas road trip planning site.

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

Sydney, Australia

— 2 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bronte Beach and Blues Point Reserve. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Virtual Room Sydney - Virtual Reality Sydney Adventure. Next up on the itinerary: have some family-friendly fun at Flight Simulator, see the sky in a new way at Observatory Hill, go for a walk through Barangaroo Foreshore Walk, and contemplate the long history of Sydney Town Hall.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Port Douglas to Sydney takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Port Douglas in November; daily highs in Sydney reach 29°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Fun & Games · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Queenstown, New Zealand

— 2 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Get outdoors at Ben Lomond Track and Fishing Charters & Tours. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tiki Trail and Jacks Point Golf Course Queenstown. There's still lots to do: stroll through Mt Crichton Loop Track, get your game on at Dark Ride, explore the landscape on two wheels at Lake Hayes Walkway, and contemplate the waterfront views at Arrow River.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Queenstown in 6 hours. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Fire Services Museum of Victoria, hunt for treasures at Prahran Market, browse the different shops at Royal Arcade, then don't miss a visit to Melbourne Town Hall, and finally gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): have some family-friendly fun at Zero Latency, admire the natural beauty at Flagstaff Gardens, admire the masterpieces at Hellenic Museum, then test your problem-solving skills at Escape Hunt Melbourne, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Emporium Melbourne.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Melbourne holiday website.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Melbourne takes 6.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is minus 2 hours. In November in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping · Museums · Fun & Games · Breweries & Distilleries

Perth, Australia

— 2 nights

City of Light

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): make a trip to Yagan Square, walk around Claisebrook Cove, get lost in a book at City of Perth Library, make a trip to Winthrop Hall, then stroll around Synergy Parkland, and finally work some fitness into your day at Jacob's Ladder.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Perth vacation site.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Perth takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is minus 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in November; daily highs in Perth reach 33°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks · Fun & Games · Outdoors · Trails

Australia travel guide

4.7
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.

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.