30 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

30 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

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30 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Atlanta, United States
Fly:  27​h
1
Cairns, Australia
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas, Australia
— 4 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:  5​h 30​min
5
Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
6
Taupo, New Zealand
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  29​h
End: Atlanta, United States


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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Underart Gallery and Bones and Jones. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Trinity Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove (about 32 minutes away). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, enjoy the sand and surf at Yorkeys Knob Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, and explore the striking landscape at Earl Hill.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary planning app .

Atlanta, USA to Cairns is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 15 hour difference. In September, daytime highs in Cairns are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach, Cattana Wetlands, Yorkeys Knob Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

4
nights
Port Douglas, Australia

Port Douglas ©
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Thornton Beach and Four Mile Beach. Take a break from Port Douglas with a short trip to Myall Beach in Cape Tribulation, about 1h 45 min away. There's lots more to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, get outside with Horses in Port, and look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge Centre.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas online travel route planner .

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In September in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge Centre
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

4
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park), Australia

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Maguk Gorge and Jim Jim Falls. Get outdoors at Ubirr and Mamukala Wetlands. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Anbangbang Billabong, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bilkbilkmi / Graveside Gorge, admire the sheer force of Maguk Falls, and examine the collection at Warradjan Cultural Centre.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip itinerary planning website .

Do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Port Douglas to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) 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
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Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Anbangbang Billabong ©
Anbangbang Billabong

2
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Step out of the city life by going to Uluru and Uluru Hiking Path. Get a sense of the local culture at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga and Valley of the Winds. There's much more to do: stroll through Kuniya Walk, get outside with Walpa Gorge, go for a walk through Lungkata Walk, and view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park driving holiday planning app .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In September, daily temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

4
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Get outdoors at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk. The adventure continues: listen to music at Sydney Opera House, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Sydney by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sydney: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

6
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 a sense of the local culture at Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Rotopounamu Track. Escape the urban bustle at Huka Falls Walkway and Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Venture out of the city with trips to Ridge Track (in Whakapapa) and Rotorua (Volcanic Hills Winery, Zipline, & more). On the 26th (Sat), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tongariro Northern Circuit, take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, hike along Mounds Walk, and stop by Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Taupo attractions planning tool .

Getting from Sydney to Taupo by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Taupo due to the time zone difference. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, Rotorua, Ridge Track
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

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