18 days in Australia, New Zealand & London Itinerary

18 days in Australia, New Zealand & London Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London, United Kingdom
Train + Fly:  25 h
1
Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
2
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h
3
Melbourne, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly + Train:  24 h
4
London, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
End: London, United Kingdom

4
nights
Sydney, Australia

Sydney ©
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: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, take a stroll through The Rocks, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney online travel route planner.

London, UK to Sydney is an approximately 25- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in December, things will get warmer in Sydney: highs are around 32°C and lows about 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

3
nights
Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Go for a jaunt from Queenstown to Te Anau to see Gertrude Saddle about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: trek along Hollyford Track, enjoy some diversion at Break One, explore the activities along Lake Gunn, and stroll through Lake Marian Track.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Queenstown takes 6 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Queenstown. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Queenstown

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Gertrude Saddle
Highlights from your plan
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Lake Marian Track ©
Lake Marian Track
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown

3
nights
Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance, get your game on at Zero Latency, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Melbourne takes 6 hours. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In December, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to London.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Zero Latency ©
Zero Latency
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

5
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
London is known for museums, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, contemplate the long history of Tower of London, make a trip to Big Ben, and take in the views from Tower Bridge.

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the London trip builder.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Melbourne to London in 24 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Melbourne to London. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Melbourne in December: highs in London hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral

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