33 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

33 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

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1
Cairns, Australia
— 3 nights
2
Port Douglas, Australia
— 3 nights
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 3 nights
4
Melbourne, Australia
— 4 nights
5
Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
6
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 3 nights
7
Te Anau, New Zealand
— 3 nights
8
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 6 nights

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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). There's lots more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planning tool.

Washington DC, USA to Cairns is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 15 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around °F and lows about °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Spas
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable tour with Tours, stop by With Sugar, explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, and meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas tour planning site.

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in October, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to 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:
Highlights from your plan
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, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) is minus 0.5 hours. While traveling from Port Douglas, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °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 Trails
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 3:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

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.
When in Melbourne, make a side trip to see The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, approximately Torquay away. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the landmark architecture of Royal Exhibition Building, admire all the interesting features of Fitzroy Gardens, and pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne trip planner.

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect colder days and slightly colder nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Scenic Drive

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Walk, and enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Sydney online vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Melbourne in November, with lows around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk

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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, get interesting insight from Tours, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Queenstown takes 6 hours. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

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

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. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, appreciate the history behind Quintin Mackinnon Monument, look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound, and stroll through Lake Gunn.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Te Anau trip itinerary builder site.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Trails

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rotorua: Waitomo Caves (Caveworld, Waitomo Glowworm Caves, &more), Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Taupo (Souvenir Outlet, Huka Falls Walkway, &more). And it doesn't end there: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, get interesting insight from Tours, and trek along Lake Okareka Walkway.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip planner.

You can fly from Te Anau to Rotorua in 9 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and car. In November, daytime highs in Rotorua are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time 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
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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