24 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

24 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

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24 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Doha, Qatar
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Melbourne, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Taupo, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
4
Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  6​h 45​min
5
Port Douglas, Australia
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  9​h 15​min
8
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park), Australia
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Doha, Qatar

2
nights
Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Attractions like Melbourne Zoo and Melbourne Museum make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Melbourne to go to Werribee and see Werribee Open Range Zoo, which is approximately 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, examine the collection at National Sports Museum, get your game on at Zero Latency, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne tour itinerary maker .

Doha, Qatar to Melbourne is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Doha to Melbourne. Traveling from Doha in July, expect Melbourne to be colder, temps between 15°C and 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Melbourne

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Museums

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Zero Latency ©
Zero Latency
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo

2
nights
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 7th (Tue), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. The adventure continues: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, have fun at Break One, take in the awesome beauty at Coronet Peak, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown online trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Melbourne to Queenstown in 6 hours. Traveling from Melbourne to Queenstown, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Nature Winter Sports
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area

3
nights
Taupo, New Zealand

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Attractions like Huka Prawn Park and Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Taupo: Rotorua (Rainbow Springs Nature Park & Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park). There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Tours, get in on the family fun at Mind Junction, stop by Huka Honey Hive, and kick back and relax at Kinloch Beach.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Taupo trip itinerary planning app .

You can fly from Queenstown to Taupo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Theme Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Rotorua
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Rainbow Springs Nature Park ©
Rainbow Springs Nature Park

4
nights
Sydney, Australia

Sydney ©
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. There's still lots to do: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

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You can fly from Taupo to Sydney in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Taupo to Sydney due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

2
nights
Port Douglas, Australia

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 17th (Fri): take an exotic tour of a safari tour, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then look for gifts at With Sugar. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Horses in Port, then meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then explore and take pictures at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and finally take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas day trip tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Sydney to Port Douglas takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Sydney in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Port Douglas: highs are around 30°C and lows about 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Safaris
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then walk around Anzac Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground, then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach, and finally get your game on at Cairns Kart Hire Track.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip planning website .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In July, daytime highs in Cairns are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Cairns Kart Hire Track
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): stroll through Uluru Hiking Path, then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, then explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and finally trek along Kuniya Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and then head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip planning tool .

Getting from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Cairns in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 24°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

3
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park), Australia

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is known for nature, wildlife, outdoors, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Maguk Gorge, contemplate the waterfront views at Jim Jim Falls, explore the ancient world of Ubirr, and explore the striking landscape at Nourlangie Rock.

For photos and other tourist information, refer to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Anbangbang Billabong ©
Anbangbang Billabong
Mamukala Billabong ©
Mamukala Billabong

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