40 days in Australia, North Island & South Island Itinerary

40 days in Australia, North Island & South Island Itinerary

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Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
2
Brisbane, Australia
— 2 nights
3
Cairns, Australia
— 3 nights
4
Darwin, Australia
— 3 nights
5
Alice Springs, Australia
— 1 night
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— Few hours
7
Kangaroo Island, Australia
— 2 nights
8
Melbourne, Australia
— 2 nights
9
Auckland, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 2 nights
11
Wellington, New Zealand
— 1 night
12
Christchurch, New Zealand
— 3 nights
13
Hokitika, New Zealand
— 2 nights
14
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 2 nights
15
Oamaru, New Zealand
— 1 night
16
Stewart Island, New Zealand
— 1 night

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Sydney, Australia

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Photography Tours and Historical Aircraft Restoration Society. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Govetts Leap (in Blackheath) and Bald Hill Lookout (in Stanwell Tops). The adventure continues: listen to music at Sydney Opera House, stroll around Hyde Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sydney trip planner.

Durham, USA to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 15 hours. While traveling from Durham, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Govetts Leap, Historical Aircraft Restoration Society, Bald Hill Lookout
Find places to stay May 21 — 24:
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Photography Tours
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk ©
Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk

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Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane ©
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.
On the 25th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of D'Aguilar National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): walk around Queens Park, then steep yourself in history at Boggo Road Gaol (Jail), and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel).

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Brisbane trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. May in Brisbane sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Queens Park
Find places to stay May 24 — 26:
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D'Aguilar National Park ©
D'Aguilar National Park
Queens Park ©
Queens Park
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail) ©
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail)

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Cairns, Australia

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Off-Road Tours and Michaelmas Cay. When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Spy & Camera Museum in Herberton, approximately Herberton away. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, experience rural life at Gallo DairyLand, admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary builder tool.

Fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in May; daily highs in Cairns reach 82°F and lows reach 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Spy & Camera Museum
Find places to stay May 26 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Off-Road Tours
Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay

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Darwin, Australia

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Defence of Darwin Experience. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Parliament House, look for all kinds of wild species at East Point Reserve, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and stroll around Howard Springs Nature Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Darwin journey builder site.

You can fly from Cairns to Darwin in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairns to Darwin, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cairns in May, you will find days in Darwin are a bit warmer (90°F), and nights are about the same (73°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Darwin

Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 2:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Defence of Darwin Experience ©
Defence of Darwin Experience
Parliament House ©
Parliament House

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Alice Springs, Australia

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Gillen, then get great views at Anzac Hill, and then get outside with Ellery Creek Big Hole.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Alice Springs trip builder tool.

Fly from Darwin to Alice Springs in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Darwin in June, expect Alice Springs to be colder, temps between 68°F and 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Outdoors · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 2 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Ellery Creek Big Hole ©
Ellery Creek Big Hole
Anzac Hill ©
Anzac Hill
Mount Gillen ©
Mount Gillen

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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
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.
For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in June, and nighttime lows around 44°F. You will leave for Kangaroo Island on the 4th (Thu).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 4:

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Kangaroo Island, Australia

Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Raptor Domain and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kangaroo Island trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Kangaroo Island takes 18 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail ©
Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail

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Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Step off the beaten path and head to ArtVo and Fitzroy Gardens. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, get your game on at Viri VR, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne trip maker site.

Fly from Kangaroo Island to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. In June, daytime highs in Melbourne are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jun 7 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
ArtVo ©
ArtVo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland ©
The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
Step off the beaten path and head to Waiheke Island and Helicopter Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Auckland side-trips: Kennedy Point Vineyard (in Surfdale) and Warkworth (Parry Kauri Park & Tawharanui Regional Park). There's still lots to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Auckland Zoo, explore the landscape on two wheels at Nelson Street Cycleway, steep yourself in history at Stockade Hill, and look for gifts at Pauanesia.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Auckland route planner.

Getting from Melbourne to Auckland by flight takes about 7 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Auckland is 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in June since evenings lows in Auckland dip to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Warkworth, Kennedy Point Vineyard, Stockade Hill
Find places to stay Jun 9 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Hauraki Gulf ©
Hauraki Gulf
Waiheke Island
Waiheke Island
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

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Rotorua, New Zealand

Rotorua ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, then take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Waikite Valley Thermal Pools. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Government Gardens, look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, then don't miss a visit to Fancy Meow Cat Cafe, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rotorua road trip planning website.

Getting from Auckland to Rotorua by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Auckland in June, Rotorua is little chillier at night with lows of 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Fancy Meow Cat Cafe ©
Fancy Meow Cat Cafe
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk

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Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): delve into the lush surroundings at Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden, then get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Wellington trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Wellington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Wellington are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 15 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

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Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, appreciate the history behind Diminish and Ascend, and then enjoy the views from TranzAlpine Train. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Riccarton House & Bush, examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, then have some family-friendly fun at Velocity Karts, then admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and finally pause for some photo ops at Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Christchurch trip itinerary maker tool.

Fly from Wellington to Christchurch in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Wellington in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Christchurch, with lows of 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Hokitika.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay Jun 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
Riccarton House & Bush ©
Riccarton House & Bush
International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre

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Hokitika, New Zealand

Hokitika ©
Hokitika is a township in the West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island, 40km south of Greymouth, and close to the mouth of the Hokitika River. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Avalanche Peak Route and Arthur's Pass Walking Track. Venture out of the city with trips to Greymouth (Woods Creek Track & Point Elizabeth Walkway) and Coal Creek Track (in Runanga). There's still lots to do: take in the views from Taramakau Road-Rail Bridge, look for gifts at Heritage Jade, steep yourself in history at Shantytown Heritage Park, and trek along Tunnel Terrace Walk.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hokitika trip builder app.

Fly from Christchurch to Hokitika in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Hokitika

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Greymouth, Arthur's Pass National Park, Coal Creek Track
Find places to stay Jun 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Avalanche Peak Route ©
Avalanche Peak Route
Point Elizabeth Walkway ©
Point Elizabeth Walkway
Taramakau Road-Rail Bridge ©
Taramakau Road-Rail Bridge

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Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
On the 22nd (Mon), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, trek along Ben Lomond Track, and then get your game on at Skyline Queenstown.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip planner.

Drive from Hokitika to Queenstown in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Oamaru.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 21 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track
Spas

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Oamaru, New Zealand

Oamaru ©
On the 23rd (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Whitestone City, then don't miss a visit to Oamaru's Victorian Precinct, then examine the collection at Steampunk HQ, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Oamaru Harbour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Oamaru road trip planning site.

You can drive from Queenstown to Oamaru in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Stewart Island.

Things to do in Oamaru

Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Jun 23 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Steampunk HQ ©
Steampunk HQ
Oamaru's Victorian Precinct ©
Oamaru's Victorian Precinct
Whitestone City ©
Whitestone City

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Stewart Island, New Zealand

Stewart Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): head off the coast to Ulva Island and then trek along Rakiura Track. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Fri): examine the collection at Rakiura Museum and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Stewart Island trip simple and quick.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Oamaru to Stewart Island. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Stewart Island

Outdoors · Parks · Trails
Find places to stay Jun 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Rakiura Track ©
Rakiura Track
Ulva Island ©
Ulva Island
Rakiura Museum ©
Rakiura Museum

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