35 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

35 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

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Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
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Cairns, Australia
— 2 nights
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Port Douglas, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly to Darwin, Bus to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park), Australia
— 6 nights
Bus to Charles Eaton Drive, Fly to Ayers Rock
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 3 nights
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Melbourne, Australia
— 4 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Taupo, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Sydney, Australia

— 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Barangaroo Reserve and North Head Sanctuary. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Katoomba (Prince Henry Cliff Walk, Street Art Walk - by Street Art Murals Australia, &more). The adventure continues: take a leisurely stroll along Cockle Bay Wharf, admire the masterpieces at Customs House, stroll around Nielsen Park, and see the sky in a new way at Observatory Hill.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney online trip itinerary builder.

Washington DC, USA to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Washington DC to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in June, you will find days in Sydney are cooler (65°F), and nights are slightly colder (50°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

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.
On the 7th (Mon), cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls, and then explore the striking landscape at Babinda Boulders. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Freshwater Station, see Off-Road Tours, brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, and finally view the masterpieces at Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cairns journey planning website.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in June, things will get a bit warmer in Cairns: highs are around 79°F and lows about 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Nature · Parks · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Australia

— 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like St Mary’s by The Sea chapel and Horseback Riding Tours. Explore Port Douglas' surroundings by going to Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Daintree) and Daintree Station (in Whyanbeel). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Opal Reef, browse the exhibits of Ngarru Gallery, get great views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout, and play a few rounds at Palmer Sea Reef Golf Course and Restaurant.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip maker site.

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. On the 12th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Shopping

Side Trips

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park), Australia

— 6 nights
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Animal Tracks Safari and Kakadu National park. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Anbangbang Billabong, admire the sheer force of Motor Car Falls, hike along Bardedjilidji Walk, and explore the striking landscape at Anbangbang Rock Shelter.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) day trip tool.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Port Douglas to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Port Douglas to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is minus 0.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

— 3 nights
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Explore hidden gems such as Mala Walk and Kuniya Walk. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Walpa Gorge, trek along Uluru Hiking Path, don't miss a visit to Field of Light, and explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, daily temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Melbourne, Australia

— 4 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Beer Tastings & Tours and Melbourne Town Hall. Step out of Melbourne to go to Mornington and see Main Street Mornington, which is approximately 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: get outside with Australian Rules Football Match, tour the pleasant surroundings at Capital City Trail, test your team's savvy at Escape Hunt Melbourne, and take in nature's colorful creations at St Kilda Botanical Gardens.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne day trip site.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in June: highs in Melbourne hover around 57°F, while lows dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries

Side Trips

Queenstown, New Zealand

— 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cardrona Alpine Resort and Break One. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Queenstown: Wanaka (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours & National Transport and Toy Museum). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Queenstown Trail, stroll around Village Green, do a tasting at Bald Hills Pop Up Cellar Door, and look for gifts at The Remarkable Sweet Shop - Arrowtown Shop.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Queenstown trip planner.

Getting from Melbourne to Queenstown by flight takes about 6.5 hours. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Queenstown due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trips

Taupo, New Zealand

— 3 nights

Great Cloak of Tia

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Explore hidden gems such as Fishing Charters & Tours and Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve. There's lots more to do: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, view the masterpieces at L'Arte, join the crowd at Formula Challenge Racing, and explore the activities along Lake Taupo.

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

You can fly from Queenstown to Taupo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Rotorua, New Zealand

— 4 nights

Sulphur City

Surrounded by lakes and featuring impressive areas of geothermal landscape, the city of Rotorua offers an otherwordly landscape and a welcoming, peaceful environment, with the culture of the native Maori people very much in the foreground.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Volcanic Hills Winery and Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Government Gardens, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, catch some excitement at 3D Trick Art Gallery, and identify plant and animal life at Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Rotorua online itinerary builder.

Getting from Taupo to Rotorua by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Rotorua are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

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.