33 days in Australia & Auckland Itinerary

33 days in Australia & Auckland Itinerary

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33 days in Australia & Auckland Itinerary

Start: Edmonton, Canada
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Brisbane, Australia
— 8 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
2
Fraser Island, Australia
— 1 night
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
3
Sydney, Australia
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne, Australia
— 6 nights
Fly:  7​h
5
Auckland, New Zealand
— 6 nights
Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Edmonton, Canada

8
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.
Appreciate the collections at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Coolangatta Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Surfers Paradise Golf Club (in Clear Island Waters), Mooloolaba (Mooloolaba Beach & Scuba & Snorkeling) and Anthea Polson Art (in Main Beach). Spend the 11th (Sun) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach, buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Shopping Centre, explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Brisbane trip itinerary planner.

Edmonton, Canada to Brisbane is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 17 hour difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Edmonton in October; daily highs in Brisbane reach 29°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra, Maleny, Mooloolaba, Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith
Highlights from your plan
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

1
night
Fraser Island, Australia

Fraser Island ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie. On your second day here, stroll through Eli Creek.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Fraser Island trip itinerary planning app .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Brisbane to Fraser Island in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In October, daily temperatures in Fraser Island can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Central Station Rainforest ©
Central Station Rainforest
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

7
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.
Appreciate the collections at Australian National Maritime Museum and Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame. Step off the beaten path and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Wentworth Falls. Venture out of the city with trips to Dirty Janes Bowral (in Bowral), Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (in Albion Park Rail) and Mrs Oldbucks Pantry (in Berrima). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of The Rocks, explore the world behind art at Brett Whiteley Studio, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Sydney travel itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Sydney in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. In October, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Tours Museums

Side Trips

Bowral, Historical Aircraft Restoration Society, Nan Tien Temple, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Mrs Oldbucks Pantry
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

6
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.
Popular historic sites such as Shrine of Remembrance and Split Point Lighthouse are in your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Art Gallery of Ballarat and Ballarat Wildlife Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park (in Pearcedale), Eastern Beach Reserve (in Geelong) and Ballarat (Ballarat Botanical Gardens & Lake Wendouree). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Royal Botanic Gardens, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Thomas Aquinas' Church, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in October, things will get slightly colder in Melbourne: highs are around 24°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Ballarat, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, Split Point Lighthouse, Eastern Beach Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Art Gallery of Ballarat ©
Art Gallery of Ballarat
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Orewa Beach. Popular historic sites such as Minniesdale Chapel and Howick Historical Village are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Warkworth (Of Hand & Heart & Goat Island Marine Reserve), Muriwai Gannet Colony (in Muriwai Beach) and Matakana (Morris & James & Sculptureum). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Auckland Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, learn about winemaking at Foxes Island, and examine the collection at Mercury Bay Museum Whitianga.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Auckland day trip tool .

You can fly from Melbourne to Auckland in 7 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Auckland is 2 hours. While traveling from Melbourne, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Auckland, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Whitianga, Warkworth, Matakana, Orewa Beach, Muriwai Gannet Colony
Highlights from your plan
Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony
Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach
Sculptureum ©
Sculptureum

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