21 days in Australia, Christchurch & Queenstown Itinerary

21 days in Australia, Christchurch & Queenstown Itinerary

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21 days in Australia, Christchurch & Queenstown Itinerary

Start: Austin, United States
Fly:  28​h 30​min
1
Sydney, Australia
— 2 nights
Drive:  10​h 30​min
2
Brisbane, Australia
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
3
Rockhampton, Australia
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
4
Airlie Beach, Australia
— 3 nights
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  10​h 45​min
5
Christchurch, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
6
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  51​h 30​min
End: Austin, United States

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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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and then wander the streets of The Rocks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): see a show at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary planner.

Austin, USA to Sydney is an approximately 21-hour combination of car and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST), which is usually a 16 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Austin in December; daily highs in Sydney reach 81°F and lows reach 65°F. On the 1st (Wed), you'll travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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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 2nd (Thu): walk around Roma Street Parkland and then walk around South Bank Parklands.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Brisbane tour planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland

1
night
Rockhampton, Australia

Rockhampton
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Rockhampton day trip planner .

Fly from Brisbane to Rockhampton in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. While traveling from Brisbane, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Rockhampton, ranging from highs of 90°F to lows of 73°F. On the 4th (Sat), you're off toAirlie Beach.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Parks Nature Outdoors
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3
nights
Airlie Beach, Australia

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Airlie Beach: Hamilton Island (Jetryder, Hamilton Island Marina, & more). Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take a memorable tour with Tours, and zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach online trip maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Rockhampton to Airlie Beach takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Rockhampton, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Hamilton Island
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Christchurch, New Zealand

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Venture out of the city with trips to Little River Gallery (in Little River) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Akaroa). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, don't miss a visit to 185 Empty White Chairs - Earthquake Memorial, have fun at Velocity Karts, and catch a ride on TranzAlpine Train.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Christchurch attractions planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Christchurch in 11 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Airlie Beach to Christchurch is 2 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Airlie Beach in January: highs in Christchurch hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Transportation Museums

Side Trips

Little River Gallery, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train

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nights
Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): make a trip to Fallen Soldiers Memorial, then have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the next day, race across the water with a speed boat tour, have some family-friendly fun at Fear Factory Queenstown, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown day trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Queenstown takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Fun & Games
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline

3
nights
Sydney, Australia

Sydney ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, then take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, then kick back and relax at Clovelly Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Sydney trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Sydney takes 6 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Queenstown to Sydney is minus 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

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