30 days in Australia, Japan & New Zealand Itinerary

30 days in Australia, Japan & New Zealand Itinerary

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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly to Auckland International Airport, Drive to Manukau
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Manukau, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Fraser Island, Australia
— 3 nights
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Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Drive to Noosa
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Noosa, Australia
— 1 night
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Rainbow Beach, Australia
Drive
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Byron Bay, Australia
— 1 night
Fly
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Sydney, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly
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Hamilton Island, Australia
— 1 night
Fly to Cairns, Bus to Cape Tribulation
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Cape Tribulation, Australia
— 1 night
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Cairns, Australia
— 3 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 1 night
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Nara, Japan
— 1 night
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Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
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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.
Step out of Queenstown to go to Te Anau and see Milford Sound, which is approximately 1h 45 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, trek along Lake Gunn, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and do a tasting at Peregrine Wines.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip tool.

Tokyo, Japan to Queenstown is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Tokyo to Queenstown. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Manukau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Nature · Fun & Games · Wineries

Side Trips

Manukau, New Zealand

— 2 nights
Manukau City is a former territorial authority district in Auckland, New Zealand, that was governed by the Manukau City Council. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Ferry Building, and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Manukau vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from Queenstown to Manukau with the Route module. In November, daily temperatures in Manukau can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Manukau

Museums

Side Trip

Fraser Island, Australia

— 3 nights
Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie and then explore the activities along Wanggoolba Creek.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island day trip planning website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Manukau to Fraser Island. Traveling from Manukau to Fraser Island, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manukau in November, expect Fraser Island to be a bit warmer, temps between 33°C and 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Noosa, Australia

— 1 night
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): stop by Belmondos Organic Market and then take some stellar pictures from Laguna Lookout.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Noosa itinerary builder site.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Noosa in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rainbow Beach.

Things to do in Noosa

Shopping

Rainbow Beach, Australia

Rainbow Beach is a coastal town in the Wide Bay–Burnett region of Queensland, Australia, east of Gympie. To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rainbow Beach trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Noosa to Rainbow Beach takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 15th (Mon), you'll travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Rainbow Beach

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Byron Bay, Australia

— 1 night
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
On the 16th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Broken Head Beach.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Byron Bay trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Rainbow Beach to Byron Bay takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In November, daytime highs in Byron Bay are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. On the 16th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Sydney, Australia

— 5 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.
Spend the 20th (Sat) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's still lots to do: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney attractions planning site.

Getting from Byron Bay to Sydney by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Byron Bay in November, expect nights in Sydney to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are slightly colder, around 29°C. On the 21st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Hamilton Island, Australia

— 1 night
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hamilton Island online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Sydney to Hamilton Island in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Sydney in November, things will get a bit warmer in Hamilton Island: highs are around 33°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time for travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks
Highlights from your trip

Cape Tribulation, Australia

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Tribulation Beach and then kick back and relax at Myall Beach.

To find ratings and more tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Hamilton Island to Cape Tribulation in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In November in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

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.
On the 24th (Wed), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cairns trip planning app.

Drive from Cape Tribulation to Cairns in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, Japan

— 1 night
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka vacation website.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Osaka takes 11 hours. Traveling from Cairns to Osaka, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In November, Osaka is much colder than Cairns - with highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Museums

Nara, Japan

— 1 night

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Wakakusa.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Nara tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In November, daytime highs in Nara are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums

Kyoto, Japan

— 3 nights
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and go for a walk through Togetsukyo Bridge.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner.

Drive from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Tokyo, Japan

— 3 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary maker app.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In December in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.

Auckland Region travel guide

4.4
Observation Decks · Volcanos · Military Museums
As home to New Zealand's largest urban area, Auckland Region is by far the most populous in the country, despite its modest proportions. Its concentration of settlements makes it a region of culture, history, and cosmopolitan development, boasting a range of museums, buildings of interest, restaurants, and bars, many in the city of Auckland itself. As with all of New Zealand, you don't have to go far from the urban centers to experience wild and varied landscape on your Auckland holiday: from rugged coastal areas to lush native forests, you'll find stunning biodiversity and impressive geological features.

Australia travel guide

4.7
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.

Whitsunday Islands travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Marinas
Set at the heart of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, Whitsunday Islands remain one of the most popular yachting destinations in the Southern Hemisphere, attracting over half a million travelers each year. Made up of 74 mainly uninhabited islands--only five boast resorts and several more allow camping--this exotic tropical getaway mesmerizes visitors with warm turquoise waters hugged by some of the finest beaches in the world. A trip to Whitsunday Islands is a feast for the senses. Sailing, kayaking, and power boating rank among the top things to do in Whitsunday Islands, next to diving and snorkeling, providing a chance to explore the seaways, pristine beaches, and secluded coves.

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.