30 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

30 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

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 + Taxi:  8 h 15 min
6
Taupo, New Zealand
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  29 h
End: Atlanta, United States

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.
Get some cultural insight at Underart Gallery and Bones and Jones. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Cattana Wetlands, and kick back and relax at Trinity Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cairns sightseeing planner.

Atlanta, USA to Cairns is an approximately 26- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Atlanta to Cairns is 15 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in September, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Cattana Wetlands, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 7:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

4
nights
Port Douglas, Australia

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Thornton Beach and Four Mile Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Myall Beach. The adventure continues: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge Centre, see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, and get outside with Horses in Port.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas travel route builder.

Take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In September, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge Centre, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 11:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach

4
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park), Australia

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Escape the urban bustle at Maguk Gorge and Gunlom Waterfall Creek. Do some cultural sightseeing at Ubirr and Jim Jim Falls. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Motor Car Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Bilkbilkmi - Graveside Gorge, take some stellar pictures from Anbangbang Rock Shelter, and look for all kinds of wild species at Mamukala Wetlands.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) online visit planner.

Getting from Port Douglas to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) by combination of shuttle, flight, and bus takes about 12 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time is minus 0.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 16:
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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 ©
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Get some cultural insight at Uluru and Walpa Gorge. Escape the urban bustle at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga and Uluru Hiking Path. There's lots more to do: appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, and trek along Kuniya Walk.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip builder website.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In September in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 19:
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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sydney Opera House and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Get outdoors at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. There's much more to do: trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Sydney trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Sydney takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Sydney due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 23:
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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 Horsemtrails and Te Porere Redoubt. Escape the urban bustle at Huka Falls Walkway and Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Get out of town with these interesting Taupo side-trips: Tongariro National Park (Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Whakapapa Nature Walk, &more), Rotorua (Volcanic Hills Winery, Zipline, &more) and Ridge Track (in Whakapapa). There's more to do: push the limits with an extreme tour and look for gifts at Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Taupo trip itinerary planning site.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Sydney to Taupo in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Taupo. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, Rotorua
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway

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