60 days in Australia, New Zealand & Philippines Itinerary

60 days in Australia, New Zealand & Philippines Itinerary

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60 days in Australia, New Zealand & Philippines Itinerary

Start: Tampere, Finland
+2
train + Fly + bus:  33​h
1
Margaret River, Australia
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Albany, Australia
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + bus + train + bus:  13​h 15​min
3
Port Campbell, Australia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Melbourne, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Dunedin, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
8
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Auckland, New Zealand
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
10
Paihia, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
11
Cairns, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h
12
El Nido, Philippines
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  27​h
End: Tampere, Finland

4
nights
Margaret River, Australia

Margaret River ©
A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Hamelin Bay and Gnarabup Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Lake Cave and Jewel Cave. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Margaret River: Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse (in Augusta), Yallingup (Canal Rocks, Yallingup Beach, & more) and Meelup Beach (in Dunsborough). And it doesn't end there: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, and take a memorable drive along Caves Road.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Margaret River sightseeing planner.

Tampere, Finland to Margaret River is an approximately 33-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Tampere to Margaret River. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Albany.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Yallingup, Augusta, Meelup Beach
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 2:
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Hamelin Bay ©
Hamelin Bay
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Yallingup Beach ©
Yallingup Beach

4
nights
Albany, Australia

Albany ©
Founded as a military outpost in 1826, Albany is the oldest town in Western Australia, just barely gaining this title by being settled two years earlier than Fremantle and Perth.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at National Anzac Centre and Albany's Historic Whaling Station. We've included these beaches for you: Greens Pool and Middleton Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Albany: Elephant Rocks (in Denmark) and Tree Top Walk (in Walpole). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Little Beach, don't miss a visit to Albany Wind Farm, explore the striking landscape at The Gap and Natural Bridge, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Emu Point.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Albany route planner.

You can drive from Margaret River to Albany in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. January in Albany sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Denmark, Tree Top Walk
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 6:
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Middleton Beach ©
Middleton Beach
Little Beach ©
Little Beach
Elephant Rocks ©
Elephant Rocks

3
nights
Port Campbell, Australia

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Visiting Twelve Apostles and Port Campbell National Park will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Loch Ard Gorge and Great Ocean Walk. Explore Port Campbell's surroundings by going to Otway Fly Treetop Adventures (in Weeaproinah) and Mait's Rest (in Apollo Bay). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Gibsons Steps, make a trip to The Grotto, and take in the dramatic natural features at London Bridge.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Port Campbell road trip planning website .

Getting from Albany to Port Campbell by combination of flight, train, and bus takes about 13.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Albany to Port Campbell. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Apollo Bay, Otway Fly Treetop Adventures
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:
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Gibsons Steps ©
Gibsons Steps
Great Ocean Walk ©
Great Ocean Walk
Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park

5
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.
Get in touch with nature at Ballarat Wildlife Park and Lake Wendouree. Discover out-of-the-way places like St Kilda Pier and ArtVo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Melbourne: Spas (in Daylesford) and Ballarat Botanical Gardens (in Ballarat). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Degraves Street, get a sense of history and politics at Parliament House of Victoria, get curious at Australian Centre for the Moving Image, and get into the urban bustle at Federation Square.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Port Campbell to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Ballarat, Spas
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 15:
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St Kilda Pier ©
St Kilda Pier
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park
Lake Wendouree ©
Lake Wendouree

5
nights
Sydney, Australia

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Blue Mountains and Kiama Blowhole. Get in touch with nature at Manly Scenic Walkway and Speed Boats Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Wentworth Falls (in Wentworth Falls) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and wander the streets of King Street.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Sydney online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Shelly Beach, Blue Mountains, Wentworth Falls, Kiama Blowhole
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 20:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kayaking & Canoeing

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Lake Wanaka and Queenstown Hill. Take a break from the city and head to Arrowtown Village and River Rafting & Tubing. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Queenstown: Te Anau (Lake Te Anau & Te Anau Glowworm Caves) and Wanaka (Mount Iron Track & Wanaka). There's still lots to do: see Off-Road Tours, stroll through Otago Central Rail Trail, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and have some family-friendly fun at Dark Ride.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Queenstown vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Sydney to Queenstown by flight takes about 6 hours. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Dunedin.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Wanaka, Te Anau, Otago Central Rail Trail, Arrowtown Village
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 26:
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Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
Otago Central Rail Trail ©
Otago Central Rail Trail
Wanaka ©
Wanaka

4
nights
Dunedin, New Zealand

Dunedin ©
With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Otago Peninsula and Tunnel Beach Track. Escape the urban bustle at Penguin Place and Orokonui Ecosanctuary. Change things up with these side-trips from Dunedin: Oamaru (Moeraki Boulders Beach & Steampunk HQ). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, contemplate the long history of Larnach Castle & Gardens, take in nature's colorful creations at Dunedin Botanic Garden, and don't miss a visit to The World's Steepest Street.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Dunedin online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Dunedin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Oamaru
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 30:
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Orokonui Ecosanctuary ©
Orokonui Ecosanctuary
Penguin Place ©
Penguin Place
Tunnel Beach Track ©
Tunnel Beach Track

5
nights
Rotorua, New Zealand

Rotorua ©
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.
Get in touch with nature at Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Mt Maunganui Main Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Redwoods Treewalk and Horseback Riding Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Rotorua side-trips: Ohope Beach (in Whakatane), River Rafting & Tubing (in Turangi) and Mount Maunganui Summit Track (in Mount Maunganui). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, tour the pleasant surroundings at Blue Lake Track, learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery, and hike along Ruakuri Walk.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rotorua holiday app .

You can fly from Dunedin to Rotorua in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. January in Rotorua sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Tauranga, Waitomo Caves, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, River Rafting & Tubing, Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 4:
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Volcanic Hills Winery ©
Volcanic Hills Winery
Ohope Beach ©
Ohope Beach
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

6
nights
Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland ©
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Kauri Museum and St Stephen's Chapel. Discover out-of-the-way places like Rangitoto Island and Piha Beach. Take a break from Auckland with a short trip to Arataki Visitor Centre in Piha, about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, see the interesting displays at Te Toi Uku - Crown Lynn & Clayworks Museum, take a memorable tour with Tours, and enjoy the sand and surf at Takapuna Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Auckland trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Rotorua in February, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 26°C in Auckland. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Piha, The Kauri Museum
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 10:
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Bethells Beach ©
Bethells Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing
Piha Beach ©
Piha Beach

5
nights
Paihia, New Zealand

The main tourist town in the Bay of Islands area, Paihia gives visitors a good range of accommodations, a convenient town center, long sandy beaches, and interesting architecture.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pompallier Mission and Printery and The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Whangarei Falls and Rainbow Falls. Change things up with these side-trips from Paihia: Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in Tutukaka), Kawiti Caves (in Kawakawa) and Tane Mahuta Walk (in Opononi). And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Paihia road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Whangarei Falls, Pompallier Mission and Printery, Tane Mahuta Walk
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 15:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
The Parrot Place ©
The Parrot Place
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

5
nights
Cairns, Australia

Cairns ©
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Mossman Gorge Centre and Daintree National Park. Relax by the water at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Agincourt Reef (in Port Douglas), Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda) and Jaques Coffee Plantation (in Mareeba). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, get interesting insight from Tours, learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary maker app .

You can fly from Paihia to Cairns in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Paihia to Cairns is minus 2 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to El Nido.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Agincourt Reef, Daintree National Park, Jaques Coffee Plantation, Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 20:
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Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

2
nights
El Nido, Philippines

El Nido ©
The coastal region of El Nido includes a mainland area of jungle, beaches, and cliffs, as well as 45 limestone islands and islets.
Visit Las Cabanas Beach and Nacpan Beach for some beach relaxation. Escape the urban bustle at Big Lagoon and Secret Lagoon Beach. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Seven Commando Beach and explore the activities along Small Lagoon.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read El Nido trip planner .

You can fly from Cairns to El Nido in 16 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Cairns to El Nido due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in El Nido

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 23:
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Big Lagoon ©
Big Lagoon
Seven Commando Beach ©
Seven Commando Beach
Secret Lagoon Beach ©
Secret Lagoon Beach

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