36 days in Australia & Queenstown Itinerary

36 days in Australia & Queenstown Itinerary

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36 days in Australia & Queenstown Itinerary

Start: Seattle, United States
Fly:  20​h
1
Sydney, Australia
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Cairns, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Melbourne, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Perth, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly:  11​h
6
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Brisbane, Australia
— 8 nights
Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Seattle, United States


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6
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, shopping, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Sydney online trip itinerary planner .

Seattle, USA to Sydney is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to Sydney is 18 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Seattle in February: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 80°F and lows are around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Port Douglas (Safaris & Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas) and Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Hartley's Crocodile Adventures). And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Tours, make a trip to Captain Cook Highway Rock Stacks, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cairns day trip planning website .

Fly from Sydney to Cairns in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in February, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 88°F and lows about 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 16:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, explore the galleries of Walkatjara Art, then trek along Kuniya Walk, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Cairns in February, plan for a bit warmer days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 98°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 18:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Walkatjara Art ©
Walkatjara Art

2
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.
Step out of Melbourne to go to Torquay and see The Great Ocean Road, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Melbourne road trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in February; daily highs in Melbourne reach 81°F and lows reach 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Feb 18 — 20:
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

5
nights
Perth, Australia

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Get out of town with these interesting Perth side-trips: Caversham Wildlife Park (in Whiteman), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mandurah) and Fremantle Prison (in Fremantle). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Kings Park and Botanic Garden, have some family-friendly fun at Elizabeth Quay Carousel, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and pause for some photo ops at State War Memorial.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Perth travel itinerary planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Perth in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Australian Western Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in February, with highs in Perth at 90°F and lows at 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Cottesloe Beach, Perth Zoo, Scarborough Beach, Caversham Wildlife Park, Fremantle Prison
Find places to stay Feb 20 — 25:
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

2
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, nature, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and stroll through Hollyford Track.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Queenstown trip planner.

You can fly from Perth to Queenstown in 11 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Queenstown is 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Hollyford Track
Find places to stay Feb 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

4
nights
Sydney, Australia

Sydney ©
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Wentworth Falls (in Wentworth Falls) and Katoomba (The Three Sisters & Blue Mountains). Enjoy Sydney some more: see the interesting displays at Hyde Park Barracks Museum, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, look and learn at Sydney Observatory, and stroll around Nielsen Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney journey planner.

You can fly from Queenstown to Sydney in 6 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Queenstown to Sydney is minus 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Katoomba, Wentworth Falls
Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 3:
Highlights from your plan
Watsons Bay ©
Watsons Bay
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Hyde Park Barracks Museum ©
Hyde Park Barracks Museum

8
nights
Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Australia Zoo (in Beerwah), Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World (in Maleny) and Mooloolaba (SunJet Simulations, Mooloolaba Beach, & more). The adventure continues: walk around South Bank Parklands, see the interesting displays at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and contemplate the waterfront views at The Brisbane River.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane online travel route planner .

Getting from Sydney to Brisbane by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Australia Zoo, Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World
Find places to stay Mar 3 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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