24 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

24 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

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24 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia, United States
Fly:  26​h
1
Sydney, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Auckland, New Zealand
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney, Australia
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Katoomba, Australia
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Port Macquarie, Australia
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Byron Bay, Australia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Brisbane, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
Cairns, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
9
Sydney, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Philadelphia, United States

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, then stroll through Bondi Beach, and then wander the streets of Darling Harbour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Shelly Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, then listen to music at Sydney Opera House, and finally wander the streets of The Rocks.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Sydney tour planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Sydney is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, subway, bus, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Sydney. In May, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Mon) before leaving for Auckland.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Shelly Beach, Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Highlights from your plan
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

6
nights
Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland ©
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.
Popular historic sites such as Howick Historical Village and Manukau Heads Lighthouse are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at St. Patrick's Cathedral and Coopers Creek Vineyard. Change things up with these side-trips from Auckland: Orewa Beach (in Orewa), Goat Island Marine Reserve (in Warkworth) and Matakana War Memorial (in Matakana). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Muriwai Gannet Colony, enjoy the sand and surf at Bethells Beach, grab your bike and head to Nelson Street Cycleway, and stroll through St. Helier's Bay.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Auckland trip planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Auckland in 7 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Auckland is 2 hours. When traveling from Sydney in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Auckland, with highs around 60°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 60°F. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Sun) before leaving for Sydney.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Orewa Beach, Browns Bay Beach, Goat Island Marine Reserve, Karekare Falls, Muriwai Gannet Colony
Highlights from your plan
Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach
Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony
Goat Island Marine Reserve ©
Goat Island Marine Reserve

few
hours
Sydney, Australia

Sydney ©
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarama Beach and then get to know the fascinating history of Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney tour itinerary planner .

Fly from Auckland to Sydney in 7 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Auckland to Sydney. Traveling from Auckland in May, you will find days in Sydney are a bit warmer (70°F), and nights are slightly colder (54°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Tamarama Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk ©
Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk
Tamarama Beach ©
Tamarama Beach

2
nights
Katoomba, Australia

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
On the 18th (Mon), explore the stunning scenery at Pulpit Rock Lookout, take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, take some stellar pictures from Lincoln's Rock, then take a stroll through Street Art Walk - by Street Art Murals Australia, then take in the dramatic scenery at Katoomba Cascades, and finally admire the sheer force of Katoomba Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by OMNIA a little bit of everywhere, then stroll through The Giant Stairway, and then take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Katoomba travel planner.

Drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Katoomba when traveling from Sydney in May, with lows around 45°F. On the 19th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Wentworth Falls
Highlights from your plan
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The Giant Stairway ©
The Giant Stairway
Pulpit Rock Lookout ©
Pulpit Rock Lookout

1
night
Port Macquarie, Australia

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
On the 20th (Wed), admire the striking features of Port Macquarie Historic Court House, identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Thomas Anglican Church.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Port Macquarie using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Port Macquarie takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from Katoomba in May, expect nights in Port Macquarie to be a bit warmer, around 53°F, while days are slightly colder, around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
St Thomas Anglican Church ©
St Thomas Anglican Church
Port Macquarie Historic Court House ©

2
nights
Byron Bay, Australia

Byron Bay
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): enjoy the sea views from Fingal Head Lighthouse and then explore the striking landscape of Arakwal National Park. On the next day, get great views at Broken Head Nature Reserve, then kick back and relax at Tallow Beach, then stroll through Cape Byron Walking Track, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay attractions planner .

You can drive from Port Macquarie to Byron Bay in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Port Macquarie, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Byron Bay, ranging from highs of 74°F to lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Fingal Head Lighthouse, Broken Head Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Fingal Head Lighthouse ©
Fingal Head Lighthouse
Arakwal National Park ©
Arakwal National Park

2
nights
Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at D'Aguilar National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Boggo Road Gaol (Jail), then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dicky Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel).

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Brisbane visit planner.

You can drive from Byron Bay to Brisbane in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Dicky Beach
Highlights from your plan
D'Aguilar National Park ©
D'Aguilar National Park
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail) ©
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail)

3
nights
Cairns, Australia

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.
Get in touch with nature at Opal Reef and Crystal Cascades. Step off the beaten path and head to St Monica's Cathedral and Tolga Historical Society and Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Rex Lookout (in Wangetti), Cathedral Fig Tree (in Yungaburra) and Safaris (in Port Douglas). The adventure continues: learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, experience rural life at Gallo DairyLand, admire the masterpieces at Samurai Gallery Australia, and trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary maker .

Fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in May; daily highs in Cairns reach 82°F and lows reach 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Tolga Historical Society and Museum, Rex Lookout, Crystal Cascades, Cathedral Fig Tree
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Cathedral Fig Tree ©
Cathedral Fig Tree
Crystal Cascades ©
Crystal Cascades

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nights
Sydney, Australia

Sydney ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap Park, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. On your second day here, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Maroubra Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly Beach, and finally stroll through Bronte Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sydney trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Sydney takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in May, expect Sydney to be a bit cooler, temps between 70°F and 54°F. On the 30th (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Maroubra Beach, Bronte Beach
Highlights from your plan
Bronte Beach ©
Bronte Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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