17 days in Australia & Auckland Itinerary

17 days in Australia & Auckland Itinerary

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17 days in Australia & Auckland Itinerary

Start: Denver, United States
Fly:  20​h
1
Auckland, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
2
Cairns, Australia
— 3 nights
Travel:  2​h 45​min
3
Fitzroy Island, Australia
— Few hours
Drive + Fly:  7​h 15​min
4
Brisbane, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Melbourne, Australia
— 3 nights
End: Melbourne, Australia

2
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.
On the 11th (Thu), explore the activities along Devonport. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): get impressive views of Mount Eden, then enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, and then get impressive views of Rangitoto Island.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Auckland travel tool .

Denver, USA to Auckland is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 19 hour difference. Traveling from Denver in March, expect nights in Auckland to be much hotter, around 67°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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Mount Eden ©
Mount Eden
Rangitoto Island ©
Rangitoto Island
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium ©
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

3
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.
Get outdoors at Safaris and Nature & Wildlife Tours. When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Palm Cove, approximately 44 minutes away.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cairns trip planner .

Getting from Auckland to Cairns by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Auckland to Cairns. Traveling from Auckland in March, expect Cairns to be a bit warmer, temps between 87°F and 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Fitzroy Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Safaris
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Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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hours
Fitzroy Island, Australia

Fitzroy Island
On the 16th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Fitzroy Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Fitzroy Island trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cairns to Fitzroy Island. March in Fitzroy Island sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Fitzroy Island

Parks Wildlife
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3
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.
On the 17th (Wed), pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Relove Oxley, then look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then admire the masterpieces at Gallery of Modern Art, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel). Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, then explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Brisbane trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Fitzroy Island to Brisbane. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Fitzroy Island in March; daily highs in Brisbane reach 82°F and lows reach 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
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Gallery of Modern Art ©
Gallery of Modern Art
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour. It doesn't end there: browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market and hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Sydney online tour planner .

Getting from Brisbane to Sydney by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. On the 25th (Thu), you'll travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Trails Outdoors
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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nights
Melbourne, Australia

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance and then stroll through St. Kilda Beach. On the next day, take a memorable tour with Tours and then wander the streets of Melbourne Central.

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Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Sydney in March since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Tours Shopping

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Balloon Rides
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central

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