29 days in Australia & Auckland Itinerary

29 days in Australia & Auckland Itinerary

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Melbourne, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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Cairns, Australia
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Melbourne, Australia

— 2 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.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance, take an in-depth tour of Jewish Holocaust Centre, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary builder app.

Lisbon, Portugal to Melbourne is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 10 hours. Traveling from Lisbon in October, things will get little chillier in Melbourne: highs are around 24°C and lows about 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours

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Sydney, Australia

— 5 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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of The Rocks, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney tour planning website.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 19°C in Sydney. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Brisbane, Australia

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland, take in nature's colorful creations at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and then explore the activities along The Brisbane River.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in November, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Nature
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Cairns, Australia

— 3 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas (in Port Douglas) and Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove). Spend the 9th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 11th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip planner.

Getting from Brisbane to Cairns by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In November, Cairns is somewhat warmer than Brisbane - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

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Auckland, New Zealand

— 14 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.
Explore Auckland's surroundings by going to Parry Kauri Park (in Warkworth), Shakespear Regional Park (in Whangaparaoa) and Matakana (Sculptureum, Matakana Beach Outfitters, &more). On the 22nd (Mon), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's much more to do: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, walk around Auckland Domain, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and admire the masterpieces at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Auckland trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can fly from Cairns to Auckland in 8 hours. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 2 hours. While traveling from Cairns, expect colder days and slightly colder nights in Auckland, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

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Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
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 South Wales travel guide

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Beaches · Theaters · Hiking Trails
New South Wales boasts stunning snow-capped mountains, sandy beaches, and prosperous cities, including its capital, Sydney. Interior forests and highlands contrast with the coastal plains and oceanside landscape. Foodies on holiday in New South Wales can revel in the country's economic heartland, where vineyards flourish and farmer's markets bring an abundance of local produce to the table. Base yourself in Sydney, a glamorous spot from which to explore, and then head to the beaches to swim and surf.