60 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 3 nights
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Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
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Kangaroo Island, Australia
— 3 nights
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Noosa, Australia
— 4 nights
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Gold Coast, Australia
— 4 nights
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Airlie Beach, Australia
— 3 nights
Ferry to Hamilton Island, Fly to Cairns
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Cairns, Australia
— 5 nights
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Port Douglas, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly to Darwin, Drive to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park), Australia
— 5 nights
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Darwin, Australia
— 3 nights
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Broome, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly to Perth, Bus to Margaret River
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Margaret River, Australia
— 5 nights
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Albany, Australia
— 2 nights
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Exmouth, Australia
— 2 nights
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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.
Visiting Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga and Kuniya Walk will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mala Walk and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. There's much more to do: hike along Uluru Hiking Path, take in the dramatic natural features at Walpa Gorge, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, and get a dose of the wild on Uluru Astro Tour.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online road trip planner.

Alexandria, Egypt to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an approximately 29.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Alexandria to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is 7.5 hours. When traveling from Alexandria in June, plan for little chillier days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 22°C, while nights are colder with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to fly to Sydney.
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Sydney, Australia — 3 nights

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Watsons Bay and Chinese Garden of Friendship. Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Manly Beach will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Shelly Beach in Manly (about 36 minutes away). There's still lots to do: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, listen to music at Sydney Opera House, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Sydney day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Sydney takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Sydney is 0.5 hours. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sydney, with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can fly to Kangaroo Island.
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Kangaroo Island, Australia — 3 nights

Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): look for gifts at Emu Ridge Eucalyptus and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Seal Bay Conservation Park, then identify plant and animal life at Raptor Domain, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kangaroo Island trip planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Kangaroo Island in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time is minus 0.5 hours. You will leave for Rotorua on the 13th (Mon).
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Rotorua, New Zealand — 4 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park and Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Escape the urban bustle at Mount Maunganui Base Track and Pilot Bay. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Taupo), Mount Maunganui (Mount Maunganui Summit Track & Mt Maunganui Main Beach) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Turangi). There's still lots to do: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, get interesting insight from Tours, witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, and contemplate the long history of Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Rotorua holiday planner.

Fly from Kangaroo Island to Rotorua in 11.5 hours. You'll lose 2.5 hours traveling from Kangaroo Island to Rotorua due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Queenstown.
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Queenstown, New Zealand — 4 nights

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Get outdoors at Glenorchy-Queenstown Road and Lake Wanaka. Step off the beaten path and head to The Remarkables Ski Area and Queenstown Hill. Take a break from Queenstown with a short trip to Cardrona Alpine Resort in Cardrona, about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, don't miss a visit to Arrowtown Village, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Park.

To plan Queenstown vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Fly from Rotorua to Queenstown in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to fly to Noosa.
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Noosa, Australia — 4 nights

Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Visit Noosa Main Beach and Kings Beach for some beach relaxation. Step off the beaten path and head to Noosa National Park and Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Noosa: Maleny Dairies (in Maleny), Mooloolaba (Boat Tours & Water Sports & Mooloolaba Beach) and Kondalilla Falls (in Montville). There's much more to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, relax and rejuvenate at Smile Thai Massage, explore the galleries of Tracey Keller Gallery - Noosa, and hunt for treasures at The Original Eumundi Markets.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Noosa online tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Queenstown to Noosa in 6.5 hours. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Queenstown to Noosa due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Gold Coast.
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Gold Coast, Australia — 4 nights

A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Shop till you drop at Harbour Town Premium Outlets and Pacific Fair Shopping Centre. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Burleigh Heads Beach and Kirra Beach. Explore Gold Coast's surroundings by going to Byron Bay (Spas, Cape Byron Walking Track, &more). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Head National Park, stroll through Coolangatta Beach, and buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Centre.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Gold Coast road trip planning website.

You can drive from Noosa to Gold Coast in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to fly to Airlie Beach.
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Airlie Beach, Australia — 3 nights

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Airlie Beach Lagoon and Whitsunday Crocodile Safari. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Grays Bay. Explore Airlie Beach's surroundings by going to Horseshoe Bay (in Bowen) and Hamilton Island (Hamilton Island Marina & Catseye Beach). There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, read Airlie Beach trip site.

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Airlie Beach takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Airlie Beach when traveling from Gold Coast in June, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.
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Cairns, Australia — 5 nights

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Paronella Park and Palm Cove Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Seastar Cruises Reef Day Trips and Billy Tea Safaris. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Spas (in Palm Cove), Babinda Boulders (in Babinda) and Kuranda (Birdworld Kuranda, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, &more). Spend the 6th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, see Off-Road Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip planner.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Airlie Beach in July, expect nights in Cairns to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.
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Port Douglas, Australia — 4 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Mossman Gorge Centre and Agincourt Reef. Explore hidden gems such as Boat Tours & Water Sports and Opal Reef. Go for a jaunt from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation to see Daintree National Park about 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, stroll through Four Mile Beach, hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas, and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).
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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park), Australia — 5 nights

Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Get outdoors at Yellow Water Cruises and Maguk Gorge. Explore hidden gems such as Ubirr and Nourlangie Rock. There's much more to do: hike along Bardedjilidji Walk, take in the dramatic scenery at Gunlom Waterfall Creek, identify plant and animal life at Cahills Crossing, and take in the dramatic natural features at Anbangbang Rock Shelter.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) planning website.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Port Douglas to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Port Douglas to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park), you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Darwin.
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Darwin, Australia — 3 nights

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Crocosaurus Cove and Territory Wildlife Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Defence of Darwin Experience and Berry Springs Nature Park. Step out of Darwin to go to Litchfield National Park and see Wangi Falls, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, learn about all things military at Darwin Aviation Museum, make a splash at Darwin Waterfront, and take an in-depth tour of RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Darwin sightseeing planning site.

Traveling by car from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Darwin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Broome.
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Broome, Australia — 3 nights

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.
Get in touch with nature at Cable Beach and Gantheaume Point. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Malcolm Douglas Broome Crocodile Park and Broome Historical Museum. There's still lots to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, kick back and relax at Broome Town Beach, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Broome online journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Darwin to Broome takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1.5 hours traveling from Darwin to Broome. Traveling from Darwin in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Broome, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time for travel to Margaret River.
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Margaret River, Australia — 5 nights

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Meelup Beach and Gnarabup Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Busselton Jetty and Sunflowers Animal Farm. Change things up with these side-trips from Margaret River: Yallingup (Canal Rocks, Ngilgi Cave, &more) and Augusta (Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse & Jewel Cave). On the 25th (Mon), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. There's still lots to do: Head underground at Lake Cave and admire all the interesting features of Caves Road.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Margaret River route builder tool.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Broome to Margaret River in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Albany.
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Albany, Australia — 2 nights

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.
On the 28th (Thu), examine the collection at National Anzac Centre, kick back and relax at Middleton Beach, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at The Gap and Natural Bridge and then kick back and relax at Greens Pool.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Albany online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Margaret River to Albany takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Albany are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Exmouth.
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Exmouth, Australia — 2 nights

Exmouth is a town on the tip of the North West Cape in Western Australia. On the 30th (Sat), explore the gorgeous colors at Ningaloo Reef, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Yardie Creek, then kick back and relax at Turquoise Bay, and then explore the gorgeous colors at Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Exmouth visit planner.

You can fly from Albany to Exmouth in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Albany in July: high temperatures in Exmouth hover around 28°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.
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Australia travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Gardens
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.
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New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Hiking Trails
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.
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