33 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

33 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

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33 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Washington DC, United States
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns, Australia
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas, Australia
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Melbourne, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
7
Te Anau, New Zealand
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
8
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 6 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Washington DC, United States


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3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

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Washington DC, USA to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of subway, bus, and flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Washington DC to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in October; daily highs in Cairns reach 85°F and lows reach 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 28:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Spas

3
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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, beaches, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, stop by With Sugar, and take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas day trip planning tool .

You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In October, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 31:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

3
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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, and get great views at Uluru.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip app .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. While traveling from Port Douglas, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 91°F to lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 3:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

4
nights
Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Change things up with a short trip to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay (about 1h 20 min away). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the striking features of Royal Exhibition Building, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and have some family-friendly fun at Zero Latency.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip builder .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect cooler days and slightly colder nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 7:
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Zero Latency ©
Zero Latency
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, stroll through Bondi Beach, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach.

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

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in November, Sydney is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

3
nights
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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, wildlife, spas, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown day trip website .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Queenstown takes 6 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Queenstown is 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Beer Tastings & Tours
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak

3
nights
Te Anau, New Zealand

Te Anau ©
Set among the picturesque peaks and glacially carved fiords of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau offers those wishing to explore the park a great place to stay and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a small town in an enviable location.
On the 18th (Wed), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, pause for some photo ops at Quintin Mackinnon Monument, hike along The Chasm Walk, and stroll through Lake Gunn.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Te Anau online vacation planner .

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Fiordland National Park
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

6
nights
Rotorua, New Zealand

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Waitomo Caves (Caveworld, Waitomo Glowworm Caves, & more), Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Taupo (Souvenir Outlet, Huka Falls Walkway, & more). The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, view the masterpieces at New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, trek along Lake Okareka Walkway, and contemplate the long history of Ohinemutu.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Rotorua trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Rotorua in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. In November, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Taupo, Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

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