18 days in Australia & Wellington Itinerary

18 days in Australia & Wellington Itinerary

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Drive to Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, Fly to Brisbane International Airport
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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel) and Nepalese Pagoda. Visiting Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Moffat Beach will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around South Bank Parklands, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout, examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, and admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane day trip site.

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

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, then brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, and then identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Cairns takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in November; daily highs in Cairns reach 87°F and lows reach 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

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.
Get outdoors at Manly Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Museum-lovers will get to explore Australian National Maritime Museum and Art Gallery of New South Wales. There's much more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, stop by The Rocks, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Clovelly Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planning site.

Fly from Cairns to Sydney in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder 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) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): take a stroll through Degraves Street, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach, then pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. On your second day here, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and then take a stroll through Melbourne Central.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Melbourne, with lows of 50°F. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Tue) before leaving for Wellington.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Wellington Cable Car. St Andrew's on the Terrace and Old St Paul's will appeal to history buffs. Go for a jaunt from Wellington to Abel Tasman National Park to see Tonga Island Marine Reserve about 3h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, explore the activities along Oriental Bay, and look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Wellington online itinerary builder.

You can fly from Melbourne to Wellington in 7.5 hours. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Melbourne in November, expect nights in Wellington to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are little chillier, around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.