31 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

31 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

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31 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Lisbon, Portugal
Fly:  27​h
1
Cairns, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
2
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
4
Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h
6
Alice Springs, Australia
— 2 nights
7
Darwin, Australia
— 3 nights
8
Broome, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
Albany, Australia
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
10
Margaret River, Australia
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  29​h
End: Lisbon, Portugal


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4
nights
Cairns, Australia

Cairns ©
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Historic Village Herberton and The Crystal Caves. Venture out of the city with trips to Jaques Coffee Plantation (in Mareeba), Kuranda (Australian Butterfly Sanctuary & Barron Falls) and Photography Tours (in Daintree). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge Centre, explore the world behind art at Samurai Gallery Australia, and let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip maker tool .

Lisbon, Portugal to Cairns is an approximately 27-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Lisbon to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lisbon in August, expect nights in Cairns to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are little chillier, around 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kuranda, Jaques Coffee Plantation, Historic Village Herberton, Palm Cove Beach, Photography Tours
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Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

3
nights
Rotorua, New Zealand

Rotorua ©
Surrounded by lakes and featuring impressive areas of geothermal landscape, the city of Rotorua offers an otherwordly landscape and a welcoming, peaceful environment, with the culture of the native Maori people very much in the foreground.
Visiting Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Mount Maunganui Base Track will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Mt Maunganui Main Beach and Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave. Get out of town with these interesting Rotorua side-trips: River Rafting & Tubing (in Turangi) and Huka Falls Walkway (in Taupo). There's much more to do: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, have some family-friendly fun at ZORB Rotorua, look for all kinds of wild species at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, and take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Rotorua trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Rotorua takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to New Zealand Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Cairns in August, expect nights in Rotorua to be little chillier, around 7°C, while days are cooler, around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Tauranga, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Huka Falls Walkway, River Rafting & Tubing
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Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
River Rafting & Tubing
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach

3
nights
Queenstown, New Zealand

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chard Farm Winery and Silver Fern Gallery. Discover out-of-the-way places like Glenorchy-Queenstown Road and Queenstown Hill. Venture out of the city with trips to Wanaka (Puzzling World & Wanaka). There's lots more to do: take the plunge with a skydiving experience, get your game on at Fear Factory Queenstown, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Queenstown holiday maker .

Getting from Rotorua to Queenstown by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Wanaka
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill

3
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.
Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Blue Mountains. And it doesn't end there: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, and get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks.

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Getting from Queenstown to Sydney by flight takes about 6 hours. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Queenstown to Sydney due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Blue Mountains
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Uluru and Valley of the Winds. Escape the urban bustle at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga and Kuniya Walk. And it doesn't end there: hike along Uluru Hiking Path, get great views at Uluru, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, and take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online trip planner .

Fly from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in August: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

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

2
nights
Alice Springs, Australia

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): examine the collection at Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, and then identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Desert Park. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, then steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Alice Springs trip builder .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Alice Springs by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. In August in Alice Springs, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre
The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park

3
nights
Darwin, Australia

Darwin ©
The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Step off the beaten path and head to Defence of Darwin Experience and Berry Springs Nature Park. Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and East Point Reserve will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get engrossed in the history at Darwin Aviation Museum, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Darwin online trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Alice Springs to Darwin takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Alice Springs in August, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Darwin: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Broome.

Things to do in Darwin

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility ©
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
nights
Broome, Australia

Broome ©
A relaxed town of tree-shaded streets and scenic coastal stretches, Broome gained renown as a center of the pearling industry in the late 19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Broome Historical Museum, explore the striking landscape at Gantheaume Point, then look for all kinds of wild species at Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Japanese Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Cable Beach and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Broome tour itinerary builder site .

Getting from Darwin to Broome by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Darwin to Broome due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Broome when traveling from Darwin in August, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Albany.

Things to do in Broome

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Broome Historical Museum ©
Broome Historical Museum
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park ©
Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park

2
nights
Albany, Australia

Albany ©
Founded as a military outpost in 1826, Albany is the oldest town in Western Australia, just barely gaining this title by being settled two years earlier than Fremantle and Perth.
On the 27th (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge, then see the interesting displays at National Anzac Centre, and then kick back and relax at Greens Pool. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Albany's Historic Whaling Station and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Albany trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Broome to Albany by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect colder weather when traveling from Broome in August: highs in Albany hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Margaret River.

Things to do in Albany

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Greens Pool
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National Anzac Centre ©
National Anzac Centre
Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Albany's Historic Whaling Station ©
Albany's Historic Whaling Station

2
nights
Margaret River, Australia

Margaret River ©
A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): Head underground at Mammoth Cave, Head underground at Lake Cave, then Head underground at Jewel Cave, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Sunflowers Animal Farm, explore the fascinating underground world of Ngilgi Cave, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Margaret River sightseeing planner .

Getting from Albany to Margaret River by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Boranup, Augusta, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Ngilgi Cave
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Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave

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