13 days in Australia & Auckland Itinerary

13 days in Australia & Auckland Itinerary

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13 days in Australia & Auckland Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Canberra, Australia
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Melbourne, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Cairns, Australia
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 15​min
6
Auckland, New Zealand
— 1 day
End: Auckland, New Zealand

3
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Bondi Beach and White Rabbit Gallery. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Darling Harbour and St Thomas Becket Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Nan Tien Temple (in Wollongong) and Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (in Albion Park Rail). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Hyde Park Barracks Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Obelisk of 1870 to mark Captain Cook's Landing Place, contemplate the long history of Central Railway Station, and get curious at Powerhouse Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Sydney trip planner .

Auckland, New Zealand to Sydney is an approximately 7-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Auckland to Sydney. Traveling from Auckland in July, you will find days in Sydney are a bit warmer (21°C), and nights are little chillier (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Historical Aircraft Restoration Society, Nan Tien Temple
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Historical Aircraft Restoration Society ©

1
night
Canberra, Australia

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and then engage your brain at Questacon.

Plan my day in Canberra using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Drive from Sydney to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Sydney in July, with highs in Canberra at 13°C and lows at 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
Questacon ©
Questacon

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Melbourne Museum and Shrine of Remembrance. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at National Gallery of Victoria and National Sports Museum. There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, make a trip to Flinders Street Station, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Paul's Cathedral, and ponder the world of politics at Parliament House of Victoria.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Melbourne sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Melbourne, with lows of 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Tours Historic Sites
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

2
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
On the 16th (Tue), take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta and then appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Field of Light, explore the striking landscape at Uluru, and then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip site .

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Melbourne, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Nature Parks Museums
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta

1
night
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 18th (Thu): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinity Beach, and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

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Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cairns, with highs around 30°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

1
day
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.
On the 20th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, then examine the collection at Auckland Museum, and then take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland visit planning website .

You can fly from Cairns to Auckland in 8.5 hours. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Cairns to Auckland due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cairns in July, expect nights in Auckland to be a bit cooler, around 13°C, while days are cooler, around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums
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Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki ©
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki
Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower

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