21 days in Australia, Christchurch & Queenstown Itinerary

21 days in Australia, Christchurch & Queenstown Itinerary

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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
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and then get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, thenwander the streets of Darling Harbour, and then kick back and relax at Bondi Beach.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planner.

Austin, USA to Sydney is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 16 hours traveling from Austin to Sydney. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Austin in December, with highs in Sydney at 81°F and lows at 65°F. You'll set off for Brisbane on the 1st (Wed).

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): walk around Roma Street Parkland and then stroll around South Bank Parklands.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in January, and nighttime lows around 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

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night
Rockhampton, Australia

Rockhampton
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Rockhampton holiday maker site.

Fly from Brisbane to Rockhampton in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. 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'll travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Parks Nature Outdoors
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hamilton Island (Jetryder, Hamilton Island Marina, &more). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and take in the exciting artwork at Into The Blue Gallery.

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

You can take a bus from Rockhampton to Airlie Beach in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Rockhampton in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Hamilton Island
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Christchurch: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Akaroa) and Little River Gallery (in Little River). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, make a trip to 185 Empty White Chairs - Earthquake Memorial, and get your game on at Velocity Karts.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Christchurch trip itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Airlie Beach to Christchurch takes 11 hours. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Airlie Beach in January, you will find days in Christchurch are slightly colder (72°F), and nights are much colder (53°F). On the 11th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Transportation Parks

Side Trips

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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Fallen Soldiers Memorial, thenhave some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, thenget the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, thenget your game on at Fear Factory Queenstown, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Queenstown trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Queenstown

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

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Sydney, Australia

Sydney ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): stroll through Bondi to Coogee Walk, thengo for a walk through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, thensnap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, kick back and relax at Clovelly Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Sydney online journey planner.

Fly from Queenstown to Sydney in 6 hours. Traveling from Queenstown to Sydney, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. On the 16th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

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