60 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Denver, United States
Fly + Drive:  25 h
1
Noosa, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  8 h 15 min
2
Cairns, Australia
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Port Douglas, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Darwin, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
5
Broome, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  8 h 45 min
6
Margaret River, Australia
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
7
Albany, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  9 h 30 min
8
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
9
Alice Springs, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
10
Kangaroo Island, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
11
Sydney, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
12
Port Macquarie, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h 30 min
13
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
14
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Fly:  21 h 30 min
End: Denver, United States

4
nights
Noosa, Australia

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Escape the urban bustle at Noosa National Park and Noosa Main Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Peregian Beach and Kings Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Noosa: Mooloolaba (Boat Tours & Water Sports & Mooloolaba Beach), Mount Coolum (in Coolum Beach) and Kondalilla Falls (in Montville). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Carlo Sand Blow, trek along Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, hunt for treasures at The Original Eumundi Markets, and see the interesting displays at Pioneer Cottage Buderim.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Noosa trip site.

Denver, USA to Noosa is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Denver to Noosa. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Carlo Sand Blow, The Original Eumundi Markets, Kings Beach, Mount Coolum
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 7:
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Peregian Beach ©
Peregian Beach
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. The Crystal Caves and The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Kuranda (Australian Butterfly Sanctuary & Birdworld Kuranda), Paronella Park (in Mena Creek) and Babinda Boulders (in Babinda). There's much more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, admire the masterpieces at KickArts Contemporary Arts, and look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Noosa to Cairns in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. August in Cairns sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kuranda, Trinity Beach, The Crystal Caves, Crystal Cascades, Paronella Park
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 13:
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Nature & Wildlife Tours

5
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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Mossman Gorge Centre. You'll explore and learn at Daintree Entomological museum and Port Douglas Court House Museum. Explore Port Douglas' surroundings by going to Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan) and Daintree National Park (in Cape Tribulation). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Agincourt Reef, see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and get outside with Horses in Port.

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Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge Centre, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Aug 13 — 18:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Opal Reef ©
Opal Reef

5
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.
Get in touch with nature at Crocosaurus Cove and Berry Springs Nature Park. Get some cultural insight at Defence of Darwin Experience and RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility. Change things up with these side-trips from Darwin: Magnetic Termite Mounds (in Litchfield National Park), Litchfield National Park (in Batchelor) and Territory Wildlife Park (in Berry Springs). The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take a memorable tour with Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at East Point Reserve, and brush up on your military savvy at Darwin Aviation Museum.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Darwin attractions planner.

You can fly from Port Douglas to Darwin in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time, which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. While traveling from Port Douglas, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Darwin, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Broome.

Things to do in Darwin

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Magnetic Termite Mounds, Litchfield National Park, Territory Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 23:
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RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility ©
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Territory Wildlife Park ©
Territory Wildlife Park

2
nights
Broome, Australia

Broome ©
A relaxed town of tree-shaded streets and scenic coastal stretches, Broome gained renown as a center of the pearling industry in the late 19th century.
On the 24th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Broome Historical Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Cable Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): get interesting insight from Tours and then take in the dramatic natural features at Gantheaume Point.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Broome trip builder.

Fly from Darwin to Broome in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Darwin to Broome, you'll gain 1.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Darwin in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Broome, with lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Broome

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 25:
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Broome Historical Museum ©
Broome Historical Museum
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Cable Beach ©
Cable Beach

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Lake Cave and Canal Rocks. Relax by the water at Gnarabup Beach and Hamelin Bay. Venture out of the city with trips to Meelup Beach (in Dunsborough), Ngilgi Cave (in Yallingup) and Augusta (Jewel Cave & Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse). And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Mammoth Cave, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and take a memorable drive along Caves Road.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Margaret River online trip planner.

Getting from Broome to Margaret River by combination of flight and bus takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Albany.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Yallingup, Augusta, Meelup Beach
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 30:
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Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing

4
nights
Albany, Australia

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.
Get some cultural insight at National Anzac Centre and Albany's Historic Whaling Station. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Tree Top Walk. Step out of Albany to go to Denmark and see Greens Pool, which is approximately 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: stroll through Little Beach, don't miss a visit to Albany Wind Farm, kick back and relax at Emu Point, and appreciate the history behind Desert Mounted Corps Memorial.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Albany driving holiday planner.

Drive from Margaret River to Albany in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August in Albany, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Albany

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Tree Top Walk, Greens Pool
Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 3:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Albany's Historic Whaling Station ©
Albany's Historic Whaling Station

2
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Get some cultural insight at Uluru and Valley of the Winds. Museum-lovers will get to explore Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre and Walkatjara Art. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, hike along Kuniya Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path, and contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Albany to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1.5 hour difference. While traveling from Albany, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 6:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

2
nights
Alice Springs, Australia

Alice Springs ©
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 7th (Mon): take some stellar pictures from Anzac Hill, contemplate the long history of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, and then identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Desert Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, thensee the interesting displays at Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Reptile Centre.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Alice Springs day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Alice Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in September, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Museums
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park

3
nights
Kangaroo Island, Australia

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Seal Bay Conservation Park and Flinders Chase National Park. Escape the urban bustle at Off-Road Tours and Paul's Place Wildlife Sanctuary. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Raptor Domain and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, read Kangaroo Island trip planning app.

Getting from Alice Springs to Kangaroo Island by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, ferry, and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Seal Bay Conservation Park

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Blue Mountains and Chinese Garden of Friendship. Visit The Rocks and Camperdown Cemetery for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Wentworth Falls (in Wentworth Falls) and Lincoln's Rock (in Blue Mountains National Park). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, see a show at Sydney Opera House, and stroll through Bondi Beach.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Kangaroo Island to Sydney takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Kangaroo Island to Sydney is 0.5 hours. In September in Sydney, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bondi to Coogee Walk, Wentworth Falls, Lincoln's Rock, Blue Mountains
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 16:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

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Port Macquarie, Australia

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, don't miss a visit to Breakwall Waking Path, thenexplore the striking landscape of Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie, and finally enjoy the sea views from Tacking Point Lighthouse. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Roto House, identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, and then trek along Coastal walk.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Port Macquarie planner.

Getting from Sydney to Port Macquarie by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. While traveling from Sydney, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie, ranging from highs of 58°F to lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 18:
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Rippon Vineyard and Chard Farm Winery. Explore hidden gems such as Coronet Peak and Cardrona Alpine Resort. Explore Queenstown's surroundings by going to Wanaka (Wanaka & Lake Wanaka). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at The Remarkables Ski Area, head outdoors with Arrowtown Village, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

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You can fly from Port Macquarie to Queenstown in 9 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Port Macquarie to Queenstown is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Wanaka, Cardrona Alpine Resort, Arrowtown Village
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 24:
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The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
Wanaka ©
Wanaka

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village and Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave. Get in touch with nature at Mount Maunganui Summit Track and Boat Tours & Water Sports. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: Taupo (Great Lake Trail, Huka Falls Walkway, &more), Mount Maunganui (Mount Maunganui Base Track & Mt Maunganui Main Beach) and Waitomo Glowworm Caves (in Waitomo Caves). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, trot along with a tour on horseback, don't miss a visit to Fancy Meow Cat Cafe, and take in the dramatic natural features at Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rotorua trip builder site.

You can fly from Queenstown to Rotorua in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Taupo, Tauranga, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 29:
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Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village ©
Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley

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