60 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

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60 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Edmonton, Canada
Fly:  25 h
1
Cairns, Australia
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
2
Port Douglas, Australia
— 5 nights
+3
Shuttle + Fly + Foot + Bus:  11 h 45 min
3
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park), Australia
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  9 h 15 min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  9 h 15 min
5
Perth, Australia
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h 15 min
6
Melbourne, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
7
Sydney, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
8
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
9
Mt. Cook Village, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
10
Te Anau, New Zealand
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9 h 15 min
11
Whakapapa, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
12
Taupo, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
13
Paihia, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Fly:  25 h
End: Edmonton, Canada

4
nights
Cairns, Australia

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas) and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda). The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cairns Aquarium, take in the dramatic scenery at Behana Gorge Waterfall, and stop by Village Gallery.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cairns travel planning site .

Edmonton, Canada to Cairns is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 17 hour difference. Traveling from Edmonton in October, expect Cairns to be much hotter, temps between 34°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Smithfield Shopping Centre
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Port Douglas: Cape Tribulation (Myall Beach, Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm, &more), Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay) and Daintree (Tranquility Falls & Daintree Tea). There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Opal Reef, take some stellar pictures from Trinity Bay Lookout, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip itinerary app .

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. October in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Daintree, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Walu Wugirriga Lookout, Mossman Saturday Market
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

4
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park), Australia

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is known for nature, wildlife, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Maguk Gorge, explore the striking landscape at Anbangbang Rock Shelter, admire the sheer force of Gunlom Waterfall Creek, and contemplate the waterfront views at Jim Jim Falls.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Port Douglas to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Highlights from your plan
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Anbangbang Billabong ©
Anbangbang Billabong

2
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
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, appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, trek along Uluru Hiking Path, and head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

Plan my day in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. November in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Kings Park and Botanic Garden and then contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River and then contemplate the long history of Fremantle Prison.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Perth trip tool .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in November; daily highs in Perth reach 33°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Fremantle Prison
Highlights from your plan
Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

5
nights
Melbourne, Australia

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo.

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

Getting from Perth to Melbourne by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) is 2 hours. In November, Melbourne is slightly colder than Perth - with highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

5
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, shopping, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 19°C in Sydney. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

4
nights
Queenstown, New Zealand

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, see Off-Road Tours, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wakatipu.

Plan my trip to Queenstown with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Queenstown takes 6 hours. Traveling from Sydney to Queenstown, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Fun & Games Parks
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Peregrine Wines ©
Peregrine Wines

3
nights
Mt. Cook Village, New Zealand

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mt. Cook Village: Fox Glacier (Fox Glacier South Side Walk, Moraine Walk, &more). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, stroll through Hooker Valley Track, trek along Kea Point Track, and fly down the slopes at Ski The Tasman.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Mt. Cook Village day trip site .

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Mt. Cook Village takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Fox Glacier
Highlights from your plan
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk

5
nights
Te Anau, New Zealand

Te Anau ©
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.
Step out of Te Anau with an excursion to Bowen Falls in Milford Sound--about 1h 05 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Milford Sound, stroll through Gertrude Saddle, hike along Lake Marian Track, and identify plant and animal life at Ivan Wilson Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Te Anau online holiday maker .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mt. Cook Village to Te Anau. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Bowen Falls
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track

4
nights
Whakapapa, New Zealand

Whakapapa ©
On the 5th (Sat), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Whakapapa road trip tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Te Anau to Whakapapa. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
Highlights from your plan
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Tama Lakes ©
Tama Lakes

5
nights
Taupo, New Zealand

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Get out of town with these interesting Taupo side-trips: Rotorua (St. Lukes Anglican Church, Horseback Riding Tours, &more). And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Tours, admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, grab your bike and head to Great Lake Trail, and get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Taupo online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Whakapapa to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Rotorua
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

4
nights
Paihia, New Zealand

Paihia ©
The main tourist town in the Bay of Islands area, Paihia gives visitors a good range of accommodations, a convenient town center, long sandy beaches, and interesting architecture.
Step out of Paihia to go to Whangarei and see Bream Head Coast Walks, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: admire all the interesting features of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, play a few rounds at Waitangi Golf Club, admire the striking features of St Paul's Anglican Church, and take some stellar pictures from Opua Forest Lookout Track.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Paihia trip planner.

You can fly from Taupo to Paihia in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Bream Head Coast Walks
Highlights from your plan
Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Spas

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