30 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

30 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Melbourne, Australia
— 3 nights
2
Sydney, Australia
— 2 nights
3
Hobart, Australia
— 2 nights
4
Adelaide, Australia
— Few hours
5
Alice Springs, Australia
— 1 night
6
Darwin, Australia
— 2 nights
7
Cairns, Australia
— 1 night
8
Mission Beach, Australia
— 3 nights
9
Airlie Beach, Australia
— 3 nights
10
Brisbane, Australia
— 3 nights
11
Christchurch, New Zealand
— 2 nights
12
Dunedin, New Zealand
— 2 nights
13
Auckland, New Zealand
— 2 nights

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Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Fitzroy Gardens. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, thenadmire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne online sightseeing planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Melbourne is an approximately 26-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Lisbon to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Lisbon in January, plan for much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Melbourne: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

2
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: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Walk, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney route site.

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in January since evenings lows in Sydney dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk

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nights
Hobart, Australia

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
On the 12th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, thensteep yourself in history at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, and finally go for a walk through Battery Point Sculpture Trail.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hobart trip builder app.

Getting from Sydney to Hobart by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Sydney in January, things will get a bit cooler in Hobart: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Hobart

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Cascades Female Factory Historic Site ©
Cascades Female Factory Historic Site
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

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Adelaide, Australia

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Adelaide Oval and then admire the natural beauty at Adelaide Botanic Garden.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Adelaide trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Hobart to Adelaide in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Traveling from Hobart to Adelaide, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Hobart in January, with highs in Adelaide at °C and lows at °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Adelaide Botanic Garden ©
Adelaide Botanic Garden
Adelaide Oval ©
Adelaide Oval

1
night
Alice Springs, Australia

Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Alice Springs online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Adelaide to Alice Springs takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, Alice Springs is somewhat warmer than Adelaide - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Tours
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours

2
nights
Darwin, Australia

Darwin ©
The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, cool off at Wave Lagoon, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Crocosaurus Cove.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Darwin online travel planner.

You can fly from Alice Springs to Darwin in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Alice Springs, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Darwin, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Darwin

Theme Parks Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Wave Lagoon ©
Wave Lagoon
Crocosaurus Cove ©
Crocosaurus Cove
Helicopter Tours

1
night
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 17th (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns road trip tool.

Getting from Darwin to Cairns by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. January in Cairns sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling

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nights
Mission Beach, Australia

Mission Beach ©
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mission Beach: Hinchinbrook Island (in Cardwell) and Wallaman Falls (in Ingham). There's lots more to do: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, view the masterpieces at Mission Arts, stop by The Pocket, and enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Mission Beach itinerary builder.

Drive from Cairns to Mission Beach in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Golden Gumboot, Hinchinbrook Island, Wallaman Falls, The Pocket
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours
Wallaman Falls ©
Wallaman Falls

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Airlie Beach, Australia

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: race across the water with a speed boat tour.

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Traveling by car from Mission Beach to Airlie Beach takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in January, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

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Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane ©
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.
On the 25th (Fri), walk around South Bank Parklands and then explore the activities along The Brisbane River. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then get great views at Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Airlie Beach to Brisbane takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Brisbane when traveling from Airlie Beach in January, with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout ©
Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout

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Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, thenget to know the resident critters at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, and finally make a trip to 185 Empty White Chairs - Earthquake Memorial. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Cardboard Cathedral, enjoy some diversion at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, and then admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Christchurch trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Christchurch takes 7 hours. Traveling from Brisbane to Christchurch, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In January, Christchurch is slightly colder than Brisbane - with highs of °C and lows of °C. On the 29th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Dunedin.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum
International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre

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Dunedin, New Zealand

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour, get curious at Otago Museum, and then make a trip to The World's Steepest Street. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum and then step into the grandiose world of Larnach Castle & Gardens.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Dunedin journey planning app.

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Dunedin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. On the 31st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Dunedin

Tours Museums Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Jan 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Rail Tours
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum ©
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
Otago Museum ©
Otago Museum

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, thentake in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, and then look for gifts at Pauanesia.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Auckland tour builder app.

Traveling by flight from Dunedin to Auckland takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In January in Auckland, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. On the 2nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 2:
Highlights from your plan
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Viaduct Harbour ©
Viaduct Harbour

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