30 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

30 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

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Alice Springs, Australia
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Cairns, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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Adelaide, Australia
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Canberra, Australia
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Hobart, Australia
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Alice Springs, Australia

— 1 day

The Heart of Central Australia

Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, examine the collection at Alice Springs School of the Air Experience, and then steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Alice Springs road trip website.

Darwin to Alice Springs is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Alice Springs when traveling from Darwin in December, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can fly to Cairns.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 10:

Cairns, Australia

— 5 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: Spas (in Palm Cove), Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti) and Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas & Safaris). Spend the 10th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 14th (Tue) 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 stroll through Trinity Beach.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planner.

Fly from Alice Springs to Cairns in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Alice Springs in December: highs in Cairns hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 14:

Brisbane, Australia

— 4 nights

Australia's New World City

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.
Brisbane is known for parks, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: walk around South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane online holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, Brisbane is a bit cooler than Cairns - with highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Adelaide.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 18:

Adelaide, Australia

— 3 nights
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Adelaide is known for parks, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Migration Museum, steep yourself in history at Adelaide Oval, get a new perspective on nature at South Australian Museum, and shop like a local with Rundle Mall.

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Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Adelaide takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Brisbane to Adelaide, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Brisbane in December since evenings lows in Adelaide dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to fly to Canberra.

Things to do in Adelaide

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 21:

Canberra, Australia

— 2 nights

The Bush Capital

A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
On the 22nd (Wed), get curious at Questacon, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, and then pause for some photo ops at Changi Chapel. Keep things going the next day: ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia, then get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and then don't miss a visit to Mount Ainslie Lookout.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Canberra trip builder app.

You can fly from Adelaide to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Adelaide to Canberra. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Hobart.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:

Hobart, Australia

— 4 nights

Tasmania's Capital City

Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Change things up with a short trip to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Brighton (about 30 minutes away). On the 24th (Fri), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), and learn about winemaking at Puddleduck Vineyard.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hobart online attractions planner.

Getting from Canberra to Hobart by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. When traveling from Canberra in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hobart: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Queenstown.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:

Queenstown, New Zealand

— 10 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Queenstown: Canyoning & Rappelling Tours (in Wanaka) and Te Anau (Kepler Track & Lake Te Anau). There's much more to do: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and admire the natural beauty at Queenstown Gardens.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Queenstown trip app.

Traveling by flight from Hobart to Queenstown takes 8.5 hours. Traveling from Hobart to Queenstown, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Auckland.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 6:

Auckland, New Zealand

— 1 night

City of Sails

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.
To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Auckland trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Queenstown to Auckland in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. In January, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. On the 7th (Fri), you're off to home.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
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Australia travel guide

4.6
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Specialty Museums
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.

Tasmania travel guide

4.5
Nature & Parks · Art Museums · Mountains
Unspoiled beauty and colorful nature are the hallmarks of Tasmania, Australia’s smallest state. This picturesque island boasts some of the country’s most attractive stretches of coastline and a number of distinctive, forested mountain ranges. The state capital, Hobart, serves as an ideal base for exploration of the island’s interior and opulent beaches.

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.