52 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

52 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at St Monica's Cathedral and Samurai Gallery Australia. Get in touch with nature at Seastar Cruises Reef Day Trips and Billy Tea Safaris. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove), Babinda Boulders (in Babinda) and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda). And it doesn't end there: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Michaelmas Cay, and enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns trip maker website.

Belfast, UK to Cairns is an approximately 30-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Belfast to Cairns. In July, Cairns is a bit warmer than Belfast - with highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to fly to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

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.
Gallery of Modern Art and Queensland Art Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Burleigh Heads Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Mount Coolum (in Coolum Beach), Coolangatta Beach (in Coolangatta) and Mooloolaba (Scuba & Snorkeling & Mooloolaba Beach). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Maroochydore Beach, stroll through Kings Beach, and take in the waterfront at Eagle Street Pier.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Brisbane sightseeing website.

You can fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Cairns in August; daily highs in Brisbane reach 25°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to fly to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

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.
Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk and Art Gallery of New South Wales are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Palm Beach will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Katoomba (The Giant Stairway & The Three Sisters) and Wentworth Falls Lookout (in Wentworth Falls). Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Anzac Memorial, hike along Manly Scenic Walkway, explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, and take in the pleasant sights at Barangaroo Foreshore Walk.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Sydney road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Brisbane in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Sydney, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 13:

Canberra, Australia

— 4 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.
Get in touch with nature at Australian National Botanic Gardens and ANZAC Parade Walk. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Questacon and Old Parliament House. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery, get a sense of history and politics at Royal Australian Mint, admire the striking features of National Museum of Australia, and make a trip to Mount Ainslie Lookout.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Canberra trip maker site.

Getting from Sydney to Canberra by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in August, expect Canberra to be little chillier, temps between 15°C and 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can fly to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums · Parks · Nature · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Aug 13 — 17:

Melbourne, Australia

— 5 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.
Visiting Wildlife Coast Cruises and St Kilda Pier will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to ArtVo and ACMI. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to Hanging Rock Reserve (in Woodend), National Vietnam Veterans Museum (in Newhaven) and Spas (in Daylesford). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, get engrossed in the history at Old Treasury Building, take a stroll through Degraves Street, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Patrick's Cathedral.

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Traveling by flight from Canberra to Melbourne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Melbourne, with lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to fly to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 17 — 22:

Adelaide, Australia

— 5 nights
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Escape the urban bustle at Gorge Wildlife Park and Waterfall Gully. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Adelaide Oval and Rockford Winery. Dedicate the 25th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cleland Wildlife Park, get engrossed in the history at State Library of South Australia, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Adelaide trip website.

You can fly from Melbourne to Adelaide in 3 hours. Other options are to 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. In August in Adelaide, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Perth.

Things to do in Adelaide

Wineries · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 22 — 27:

Perth, Australia

— 5 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.
Visiting Scarborough Beach and Boat Tours & Water Sports will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wine Tours & Tastings and St. George's Cathedral. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Caversham Wildlife Park, get engrossed in the history at WA Shipwrecks Museum, see the interesting displays at Scitech, and enjoy the sand and surf at Cottesloe Beach.

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You can fly from Adelaide to Perth in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Adelaide to Perth is minus 1.5 hours. Traveling from Adelaide in August, you will find days in Perth are somewhat warmer (22°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can fly to Auckland.

Things to do in Perth

Tours · Outdoors · Wineries · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 27 — Sep 1:

Auckland, New Zealand

— 3 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.
Get in touch with nature at Piha Beach and Hauraki Gulf. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Walking tours and Viaduct Harbour. Take a break from Auckland with a short trip to Orewa Beach in Orewa, about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: stroll around Cornwall Park, see the interesting displays at New Zealand Maritime Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Museum of Transport and Technology.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Auckland trip planner.

Getting from Perth to Auckland by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Traveling from Perth to Auckland, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Perth in September, expect nights in Auckland to be a bit warmer, around 15°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Wellington.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

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Find places to stay Sep 2 — 5:

Wellington, New Zealand

— 3 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Great War Exhibition and Southward Car Museum. Visiting Staglands Wildlife Reserve and Oriental Bay will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at National War Memorial, pause for some serene contemplation at Old St Paul's, get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, and ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament.

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Getting from Auckland to Wellington by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Auckland in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Wellington, with lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 5 — 8:

Christchurch, New Zealand

— 5 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Horseback Riding Tours. Explore hidden gems such as Air Force Museum of New Zealand and High Peak Heliski. Step out of Christchurch with an excursion to Porters Ski Area in Springfield--about 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Hutt Ski Area, fly down the slopes at Temple Basin Ski Area, kick back and relax at Sumner Beach (Cave Rock), and see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Christchurch trip builder app.

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. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Wellington in September since evenings lows in Christchurch dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 8 — 13:

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.