17 days in Australia & Wellington Itinerary

17 days in Australia & Wellington Itinerary

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Brisbane, Australia
— 2 nights
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Cairns, Australia
— 3 nights
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Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
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Melbourne, Australia
— 2 nights
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Wellington, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Queensland Museum & Sciencentre and Old Government House. Step off the beaten path and head to Zipline and Boggo Road Gaol (Jail). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John's Anglican Cathedral.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Brisbane travel route planner.

Flint, USA to Brisbane is an approximately 25-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 15 hour difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Flint in November, with highs in Brisbane at 80°F and lows at 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums · Parks

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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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then stop by Bones and Jones.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, use the Cairns trip maker.

Getting from Brisbane to Cairns by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a train. In November, Cairns is a bit warmer than Brisbane - with highs of 87°F and lows of 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Sydney, Australia

— 3 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Art Gallery of New South Wales and Australian National Maritime Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Sydney Opera House and Australian Centre for Photography. Next up on the itinerary: stop by The Rocks, race across the water with a speed boat tour, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and kick back and relax at Bondi Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Sydney day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Sydney takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Cairns in November; daily highs in Sydney reach 77°F and lows reach 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at St Paul's Cathedral and ArtVo. Let the collections at Immigration Museum and Federation Square capture your imagination. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Melbourne, with lows of 50°F. You will leave for Wellington on the 19th (Tue).

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

Wellington, New Zealand

— 4 nights

Harbour Capital

Wellington, the world's southernmost capital city and New Zealand's second most populous urban area, combines the nation's rugged history and nature with its modern and cosmopolitan present.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and National War Memorial. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Great War Exhibition and Space Place at Carter Observatory. There's lots more to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bolton Street Cemetery, delve into the lush surroundings at Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden, and enjoy the sand and surf at Scorching Bay.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Wellington attractions planner.

Getting from Melbourne to Wellington by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 2 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Melbourne in November: highs in Wellington hover around 63°F, while lows dip to 53°F. On the 23rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Wellington

Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums · Tours

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.