29 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

29 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Sydney, Australia
— 2 nights
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Canberra, Australia
— 2 nights
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Alice Springs, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly to Perth, Bus to Margaret River
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Margaret River, Australia
— 3 nights
Bus to Perth, Fly to Broome
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Broome, Australia
— 3 nights
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Darwin, Australia
— 4 nights
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Port Douglas, Australia
— 2 nights
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Cairns, Australia
— 5 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Break One and Helicopter Tours. On the 7th (Wed), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Coronet Peak. On the 5th (Mon), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. There's still lots to do: stroll through Queenstown Hill, have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip itinerary builder app.

New York City, USA to Queenstown is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 17 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

2
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Sydney, Australia

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, then go for a walk through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, then don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, then take a stroll through The Rocks, and then meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney attractions planner.

You can fly from Queenstown to Sydney in 6 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Queenstown to Sydney. In July, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trip

2
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Canberra, Australia

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): ponder the world of politics at Royal Australian Mint, admire the masterpieces at National Portrait Gallery, and then don't miss a visit to Mount Ainslie Lookout. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: engage your brain at Questacon and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Burley Griffin.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Canberra trip itinerary builder site.

Fly from Sydney to Canberra in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Sydney in July; daily highs in Canberra reach 53°F and lows reach 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Nature

2
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Alice Springs, Australia

The Heart of Central Australia

Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
On the 13th (Tue), examine the collection at Alice Springs School of the Air Experience, see the interesting displays at Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Gillen, and finally identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Desert Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve and then get great views at Anzac Hill.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Alice Springs trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Alice Springs takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time, which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. In July, Alice Springs is a bit warmer than Canberra - with highs of 69°F and lows of 38°F. On the 14th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

3
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Margaret River, Australia

A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jewel Cave and Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse. The adventure continues: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, Head underground at Lake Cave, identify plant and animal life at Sunflowers Animal Farm, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Margaret River trip itinerary website.

Getting from Alice Springs to Margaret River by combination of flight and bus takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. You'll gain 1.5 hours traveling from Alice Springs to Margaret River due to the time zone difference. On the 17th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Broome.

Things to do in Margaret River

Tours · Parks · Wineries · Nature

Side Trip

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Broome, Australia

Yawuru Country

A relaxed town of tree-shaded streets and scenic coastal stretches, Broome gained renown as a center of the pearling industry in the late 19th century.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Gantheaume Point. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Cable Beach, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, get engrossed in the history at Broome Historical Museum, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Broome trip itinerary builder site.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Broome in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. July in Broome sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Broome

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks

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Darwin, Australia

Outback Capital of the Northern Territory

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Berry Springs Nature Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Crocosaurus Cove, examine the collection at Defence of Darwin Experience, and take in nature's colorful creations at George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Darwin online road trip planner.

You can fly from Broome to Darwin in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) is 1.5 hours. Traveling from Broome in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Darwin, with lows of 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

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Port Douglas, Australia

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge Centre, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and finally make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Mon): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stop by Coffee Works Port Douglas, then view the masterpieces at Ngarru Gallery, and finally identify plant and animal life at Agincourt Reef.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Darwin to Port Douglas takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Darwin to Port Douglas due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Darwin, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Port Douglas, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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Cairns, Australia

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Paronella Park and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Babinda Boulders (in Babinda). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Billy Tea Safaris, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns tour planner.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. July in Cairns sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Hiking Trails
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.

Australia travel guide

4.6
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.