50 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

50 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Pacific vacation planner

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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 3 nights
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Melbourne, Australia
— 6 nights
Fly to Queenstown, Bus to Te Anau
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Te Anau, New Zealand
— 5 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 6 nights
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Taupo, New Zealand
— 5 nights
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 5 nights
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Sydney, Australia
— 5 nights
Drive
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Katoomba, Australia
— 4 nights
Train to Sydney, Fly to Cairns
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Cairns, Australia
— 4 nights
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Port Douglas, Australia
— 4 nights
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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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and go for a walk through Field of Light.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Leeds, UK to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an approximately 32.5-hour flight. You'll lose 9.5 hours traveling from Leeds to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Leeds in October, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are warmer (38°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (18°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Melbourne, Australia

— 6 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.
Dedicate the 18th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and explore and take pictures at Fitzroy Gardens.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect much colder days and little chillier nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Te Anau.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Parks · Wineries · Museums

Te Anau, New Zealand

— 5 nights
Set among the picturesque peaks and glacially carved fiords of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau offers those wishing to explore the park a great place to stay and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a small town in an enviable location.
When in Te Anau, make a side trip to see Bowen Falls in Milford Sound, approximately Milford Sound away. Spend the 21st (Fri) exploring at Doubtful Sound. On the 24th (Mon), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, stroll through The Chasm Walk, explore the landscape on two wheels at Lake 2 Lake Trail, and explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Te Anau driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Melbourne to Te Anau takes 8.5 hours. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Queenstown, New Zealand

— 6 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.
On the 28th (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. There's still lots to do: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, do a tasting at Peregrine Wines, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Queenstown trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Taupo.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Taupo, New Zealand

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Tama Lakes (in Whakapapa), Waitomo Caves (Caveworld, Waitomo Glowworm Caves, &more) and Taranaki Falls (in Tongariro National Park). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, don't miss a visit to Maori Rock Carvings, get interesting insight from Tours, and stop by Huka Honey Hive.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Taupo trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Queenstown to Taupo by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Rotorua, New Zealand

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Hamilton Gardens (in Hamilton). And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, admire all the interesting features of Te Puia, and take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Rotorua trip planner.

Getting from Taupo to Rotorua by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Sydney.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Sydney, Australia

— 5 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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, stop by The Rocks, observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

Start your trip to Sydney by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can fly from Rotorua to Sydney in 8 hours. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Rotorua in November, expect Sydney to be somewhat warmer, temps between 29°C and 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Katoomba, Australia

— 4 nights
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
When in Katoomba, make a side trip to see Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum in Faulconbridge, approximately Faulconbridge away. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at The Campbell Rhododendron Gardens, trek along Prince Henry Cliff Walk, explore the landscape on two wheels at Narrow Neck Trail, and don't miss a visit to Gallery Blackheath.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Katoomba tour itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Sydney to Katoomba takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in November, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Cairns, Australia

— 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 19th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 20th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cairns attractions website.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Katoomba to Cairns takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Katoomba in November since evenings lows in Cairns dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge Centre, and relax and rejuvenate at The Deep Retreat : Deep Yoga Studio : Deep Pilates Studio.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas trip maker site.

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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.