43 days in Australia & Auckland Itinerary

43 days in Australia & Auckland Itinerary

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Cairns, Australia
— 4 nights
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Port Douglas, Australia
— 4 nights
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Whitsunday Island, Australia
— 1 night
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Hamilton Island, Australia
— 1 night
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Brisbane, Australia
— 6 nights
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Fly to Hervey Bay, Ferry to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Drive to Fraser Island
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Fraser Island, Australia
— 6 nights
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Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Fly to Auckland
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Auckland, New Zealand
— 6 nights
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Sydney, Australia
— 7 nights
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Melbourne, Australia
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Cairns, Australia

— 4 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.
Step out of Cairns to go to Palm Cove and see Spas, which is approximately 34 minutes away. Spend the 10th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 11th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the masterpieces at Samurai Gallery Australia, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

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

Manchester, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Manchester in May, with highs in Cairns at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 9 — 13:

Port Douglas, Australia

— 4 nights
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: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and tee off at Palmer Sea Reef Golf Course and Restaurant.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip planner.

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 13 — 17:

Whitsunday Island, Australia

— 1 night
On the 18th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Whitehaven Beach and then explore the activities along Hill Inlet.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Whitsunday Island trip planner.

Fly from Port Douglas to Whitsunday Island in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Port Douglas in May, Whitsunday Island is slightly colder at night with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay May 17 — 18:

Hamilton Island, Australia

— 1 night
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 19th (Thu), get outside with Jetryder, go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina, then view the masterpieces at Hamilton Island Art Gallery, and finally make a trip to Passage Peak.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Hamilton Island tour itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Whitsunday Island to Hamilton Island. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in May, Hamilton Island is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 18 — 19:

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.
Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to Maleny (Maleny Cheese & Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World), Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach) and Island Gondola (in Bribie Island). There's much more to do: walk around South Bank Parklands, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Hamilton Island to Brisbane takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Hamilton Island in May, Brisbane is slightly colder at night with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Theme Parks · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 19 — 25:

Fraser Island, Australia

— 6 nights
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Australian Sunset Safaris Day Tours, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Indian Head.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Fraser Island road trip tool.

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Brisbane to Fraser Island in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay May 25 — 31:

Auckland, New Zealand

— 6 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Auckland: Sculptureum (in Matakana), Of Hand & Heart (in Warkworth) and Waiheke Island (Connells Bay Sculpture Park & Oneroa Beach). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to SkyTower, walk around Cornwall Park, learn about winemaking at Stonyridge Vineyard, and meet the residents at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland route planner.

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Auckland takes 13 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Fraser Island to Auckland. May in Auckland sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 6:

Sydney, Australia

— 7 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Katoomba (The Three Sisters & Queen Elizabeth Lookout), Blackheath (Barrow Lookout & Gallery Blackheath) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). The adventure continues: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, take in panoramic vistas at Pylon Lookout at Sydney Harbour Bridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Sydney takes 7 hours. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from Auckland in June, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Sydney: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 6 — 13:

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.
Dedicate the 15th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Williamstown Uniting Church, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, Melbourne is slightly colder than Sydney - with highs of 16°C and lows of 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Historic Sites · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 13 — 18:

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.