40 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

40 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

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40 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

Start: Birmingham, United States
Fly:  29​h
1
Brisbane, Australia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Noosa, Australia
— 4 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  8​h
3
Cairns, Australia
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Port Douglas, Australia
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
6
Perth, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Adelaide, Australia
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
8
Port Campbell, Australia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Melbourne, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h
11
Christchurch, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
12
Wellington, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
13
Auckland, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Birmingham, United States


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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel). Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of D'Aguilar National Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane tour itinerary builder .

Birmingham, USA to Brisbane is an approximately 29-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 16 hours traveling from Birmingham to Brisbane. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Birmingham in September; daily highs in Brisbane reach 75°F and lows reach 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Dicky Beach, Woorim Beach
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D'Aguilar National Park ©
D'Aguilar National Park
Woorim Beach ©
Woorim Beach

4
nights
Noosa, Australia

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
You've now added Australia Zoo to your itinerary. Visiting Noosa Main Beach and Mount Coolum will get you outdoors. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Peregian Beach and Bulcock Beach. Take a break from Noosa with a short trip to Point Cartwright in Mooloolaba, about 48 minutes away. There's more to do: explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park and get great views at Laguna Lookout.

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Drive from Brisbane to Noosa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Point Cartwright, Mount Coolum, Bulcock Beach, Australia Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Peregian Beach ©
Peregian Beach
Mount Coolum ©
Mount Coolum

3
nights
Cairns, Australia

Cairns ©
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 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, then take the plunge with a skydiving experience, and then admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cairns online trip builder .

Getting from Noosa to Cairns by combination of train and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In October in Cairns, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 69°F at night. You will leave for Port Douglas on the 7th (Wed).

Things to do in Cairns

Adventure Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Josephine Falls ©
Josephine Falls
Skydiving

2
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Four Mile Beach. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Coffee Works Port Douglas.

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Take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In October, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Red Desert Reptiles, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and finally head outdoors with Walpa Gorge. On the next day, hike along Uluru Hiking Path, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, then explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and finally trek along Kuniya Walk.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Port Douglas in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 91°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 60°F. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Mon) before leaving for Perth.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Red Desert Reptiles
Highlights from your plan
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru ©
Uluru
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

4
nights
Perth, Australia

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rockingham Beach and Lotterywest Federation Walkway. Get some cultural insight at St. Mary's Cathedral and The Nostalgia Box Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Point Peron in Rockingham (about 42 minutes away). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, take in the exciting artwork at Aspects of Kings Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. George's Cathedral, and look for all kinds of wild species at Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Perth road trip tool .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) to Australian Western Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in October; daily highs in Perth reach 75°F and lows reach 51°F. On the 16th (Fri), you'll travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Rockingham
Highlights from your plan
Point Peron ©
Point Peron
Rockingham Beach ©
Rockingham Beach
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

3
nights
Adelaide, Australia

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on nature at South Australian Museum, get engrossed in the history at Migration Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Peter's Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of Adelaide Oval, and finally stop by Haigh's Chocolates Beehive Corner.

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

You can fly from Perth to Adelaide in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia) (ACST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. October in Adelaide sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 52°F at night. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Henley Beach
Highlights from your plan
Waterfall Gully ©
Waterfall Gully
Henley Beach ©
Henley Beach
South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum

2
nights
Port Campbell, Australia

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at The Twelve Apostles, then get great views at Loch Ard Gorge, and then get outside with The Arch.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Campbell travel route planner .

Drive from Adelaide to Port Campbell in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Melbourne.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
The Arch ©
The Arch

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Eastern Beach Reserve and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Australian Centre for the Moving Image and Melbourne Museum. Go for a jaunt from Melbourne to Geelong to see National Wool Museum about 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of St Paul's Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, and take a stroll through Degraves Street.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Melbourne trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Port Campbell to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in October, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Geelong
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and The Gap Park. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sydney Opera House and The Rocks. There's still lots to do: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney planning site .

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in October: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 76°F and lows are around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Highlights from your plan
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Sumner Beach (Cave Rock) and then enjoy the sand and surf at Corsair Bay.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Christchurch trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Christchurch takes 6.5 hours. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in October, expect Christchurch to be a bit cooler, temps between 63°F and 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Velocity Karts ©
Velocity Karts
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock) ©
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock)
Riccarton House & Bush ©
Riccarton House & Bush

3
nights
Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington ©
Wellington, the world's southernmost capital city and New Zealand's second most populous urban area, combines the nation's rugged history and nature with its modern and cosmopolitan present.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Great War Exhibition and Nga Manu Nature Reserve. Get a sense of the local culture at National War Memorial and Cobblestones Museum. Step out of Wellington with an excursion to Peka Peka Beach in Waikanae--about 1h 20 min away. There's more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and delve into the lush surroundings at Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden.

Make your Wellington itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Wellington when traveling from Christchurch in October, with lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Wellington

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Waikanae, Cobblestones Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
National War Memorial ©
National War Memorial
Nga Manu Nature Reserve ©
Nga Manu Nature Reserve

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): learn about all things military at Torpedo Bay Navy Museum, kick back and relax at Orewa Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Muriwai Gannet Colony. On the next day, stroll through Browns Bay Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at Tawharanui Regional Park.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, read our Auckland trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Auckland takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Wellington in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Auckland, with lows of 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Torpedo Bay Navy Museum, Muriwai Gannet Colony, Tawharanui Regional Park, Orewa Beach, Browns Bay Beach
Highlights from your plan
Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony
Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach
Tawharanui Regional Park ©
Tawharanui Regional Park

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