50 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

50 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

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Cairns, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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Canberra, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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Adelaide, Australia
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Perth, Australia
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Cairns, Australia

— 6 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas), Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Safaris, &more) and Off-Road Tours (in Kuranda). Spend the 28th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns holiday planner.

Belfast, UK to Cairns is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Belfast in July; daily highs in Cairns reach 30°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to fly to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 26 — Aug 1:

Brisbane, Australia

— 6 nights

Australia's New World City

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Brisbane: Brisbane Whale Watching (in Redcliffe) and Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach). The adventure continues: stroll around South Bank Parklands, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, get great views at Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout, and admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Brisbane itinerary site.

Fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in August, expect Brisbane to be slightly colder, temps between 25°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can fly to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 1 — 7:

Sydney, Australia

— 6 nights

The Harbour City

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Wentworth Falls (Wentworth Falls Lookout & Charles Darwin walk). Next up on the itinerary: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

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Getting from Brisbane to Sydney by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Brisbane in August, you will find days in Sydney are slightly colder (22°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 13:

Canberra, Australia

— 5 nights

The Bush Capital

A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Canberra is known for museums, childrens museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, get curious at Geoscience Australia, don't miss a visit to Mount Ainslie Lookout, and experience rural life at Tatum Hills Farm.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Canberra trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Canberra in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in August, things will get slightly colder in Canberra: highs are around 15°C and lows about 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can fly to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums · Childrens Museums · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 13 — 18:

Melbourne, Australia

— 6 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 19th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Melbourne sightseeing tool.

You can fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Canberra in August since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Museums · Parks · Wineries

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Find places to stay Aug 18 — 24:

Adelaide, Australia

— 4 nights
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
When in Adelaide, make a side trip to see The Cedars in Hahndorf, approximately Hahndorf away. Dedicate the 26th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of South Australia, take an in-depth tour of Migration Museum, contemplate the long history of Adelaide Oval, and pause for some photo ops at Anzac Centenary Memorial Walk.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Adelaide visit website.

Fly from Melbourne to Adelaide in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) is minus 0.5 hours. August in Adelaide sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Perth.

Things to do in Adelaide

Wineries · Tours · Museums · Parks

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Find places to stay Aug 24 — 28:

Perth, Australia

— 3 nights

City of Light

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Perth: Fremantle Prison (in Fremantle) and Top Gun Tours (in West Swan). There's lots more to do: stroll around Kings Park and Botanic Garden, contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, and get great views at Perth Sunset Coast Drive.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Perth vacation planner.

Getting from Adelaide to Perth by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1.5 hours traveling from Adelaide to Perth. Traveling from Adelaide in August, you will find days in Perth are somewhat warmer (22°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to fly to Auckland.

Things to do in Perth

Wineries · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 28 — 31:

Auckland, New Zealand

— 2 nights

City of Sails

The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
Auckland is known for nature, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, admire the landmark architecture of Alberton, and get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip builder app.

Fly from Perth to Auckland in 9.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Perth to Auckland. Traveling from Perth in September, expect nights in Auckland to be somewhat warmer, around 15°C, while days are little chillier, around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to fly to Wellington.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wineries · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 3:

Wellington, New Zealand

— 4 nights

Harbour Capital

Wellington, the world's southernmost capital city and New Zealand's second most populous urban area, combines the nation's rugged history and nature with its modern and cosmopolitan present.
When in Wellington, make a side trip to see Southward Car Museum in Paraparaumu, approximately Paraparaumu away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, contemplate the long history of Wellington Cable Car, admire all the interesting features of Katherine Mansfield House and Garden, and brush up on your military savvy at Dominion Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Wellington trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Wellington when traveling from Auckland in September, with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 3 — 7:

Christchurch, New Zealand

— 4 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 9th (Fri), spend the day riding on TranzAlpine Train. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, and explore and take pictures at Mona Vale.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Christchurch day trip planner.

Getting from Wellington to Christchurch by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Wellington in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 5°C in Christchurch. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation · Tours · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 11:

Australia travel guide

4.6
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Specialty Museums
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.