20 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

20 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Knoxville, United States
Fly:  27 h
1
Cairns, Australia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Port Douglas, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
3
Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
4
Melbourne, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h
5
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
6
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  21 h 45 min
End: Knoxville, United States

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Cairns Cenotaph, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, thenadmire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and finally enjoy some diversion at Muddy's Playground.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip maker tool.

Knoxville, USA to Cairns is an approximately 29-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Knoxville to Cairns. In September, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Tours
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens

2
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: get interesting insight from Tours, identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge Centre, look for gifts at With Sugar, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip builder.

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. September in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

3
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: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, stroll through Bondi Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sydney vacation site.

You can fly from Port Douglas to Sydney in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Port Douglas in September, with highs in Sydney at 71°F and lows at 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk

3
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.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, don't miss a visit to Block Arcade, and appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Melbourne trip tool.

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Sydney in September, with highs in Melbourne at 63°F and lows at 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

2
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: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, admire the natural beauty at Queenstown Gardens, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Queenstown trip builder app.

You can fly from Melbourne to Queenstown in 6.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Spas

3
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.
Hobbiton Movie Set has been added to your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Taupo (Souvenir Outlet, Huka Falls Walkway, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, contemplate the long history of Te Puia, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Rotorua sightseeing planner.

Fly from Queenstown to Rotorua in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set

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