22 days in South Pacific Itinerary

22 days in South Pacific Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Pacific tour itinerary planner

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Cairns, Australia
— 2 nights
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Cape Tribulation, Australia
— 2 nights
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Port Douglas, Australia
— 2 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 3 nights
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Melbourne, Australia
— 3 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
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Cairns, Australia

— 2 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.
Spend the 19th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at Billy Tea Safaris.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cairns travel planning app.

Manchester, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 10 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Manchester in July; daily highs in Cairns reach 30°C and lows reach 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Cape Tribulation, Australia

— 2 nights
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
On the 21st (Wed), stop by Daintree Entomological museum, then take in the pleasant sights at Marrdja Botanical Walk, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Tribulation Beach, and finally trek along Dubuji Boardwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Farm, and then relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Cape Tribulation trip planner.

Drive from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Trails

Port Douglas, Australia

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Opal Reef, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the galleries of Ngarru Gallery, stop by Coffee Works Port Douglas, then get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and finally identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas trip tool.

Traveling by car from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

— 3 nights
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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire all the interesting features of Uluru, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga.

For more things to do and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online visit planner.

Fly from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Traveling from Port Douglas in July, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be colder, around 4°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Melbourne, Australia

— 3 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.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in July: highs in Melbourne hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours

Queenstown, New Zealand

— 3 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
On the 31st (Sat), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip planner.

Fly from Melbourne to Queenstown in 6.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Queenstown is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports

Sydney, Australia

— 4 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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Sydney road trip site.

Fly from Queenstown to Sydney in 6 hours. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Queenstown to Sydney due to the time zone difference. In August in Sydney, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

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