60 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Denver, United States
Fly + Drive:  25 h
1
Noosa, Australia
— 4 nights
+3
Bus + Train + Foot + Fly:  8 h 15 min
2
Cairns, Australia
— 5 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
3
Port Douglas, Australia
— 5 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Darwin, Australia
— 5 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  5 h 45 min
5
Broome, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  8 h 45 min
6
Margaret River, Australia
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
7
Albany, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  9 h 30 min
8
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h
9
Alice Springs, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
10
Kangaroo Island, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
11
Sydney, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h 30 min
12
Port Macquarie, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h 30 min
13
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
14
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Fly:  21 h 30 min
End: Denver, United States

4
nights
Noosa, Australia

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Escape the urban bustle at Noosa Main Beach and Mooloolaba Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Kings Beach and Peregian Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Noosa: Kondalilla Falls (in Montville), Mount Coolum (in Coolum Beach) and Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Mooloolaba). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Carlo Sand Blow, trek along Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, hunt for treasures at The Original Eumundi Markets, and explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Noosa trip site.

Denver, USA to Noosa is an approximately 25- hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Denver to Noosa. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Pioneer Cottage Buderim, Carlo Sand Blow, Kondalilla Falls
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Peregian Beach ©
Peregian Beach
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

5
nights
Cairns, Australia

Cairns ©
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. The Crystal Caves and Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Paronella Park (in Mena Creek), Babinda Boulders (in Babinda) and Kuranda (Australian Butterfly Sanctuary & Birdworld Kuranda). And it doesn't end there: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands, view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

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

You can do a combination of bus, train, and flight from Noosa to Cairns in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kuranda, Paronella Park, Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach, Crystal Cascades
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 13:
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Nature & Wildlife Tours

5
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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Mossman Gorge Centre. You'll explore and learn at Daintree Entomological museum and Port Douglas Court House Museum. Explore Port Douglas' surroundings by going to Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan) and Daintree National Park (in Cape Tribulation). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Opal Reef, explore the gorgeous colors at Agincourt Reef, head outdoors with Horses in Port, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip itinerary app.

You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In August, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge Centre, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Aug 13 — 18:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Opal Reef ©
Opal Reef

5
nights
Darwin, Australia

Darwin ©
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.
Get in touch with nature at Crocosaurus Cove and Litchfield National Park. Get some cultural insight at Defence of Darwin Experience and RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility. Change things up with these side-trips from Darwin: Magnetic Termite Mounds (in Litchfield National Park) and Territory Wildlife Park (in Berry Springs). The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take a memorable tour with Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at East Point Reserve, and brush up on your military savvy at Darwin Aviation Museum.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Darwin attractions planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Darwin in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time, which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. While traveling from Port Douglas, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Darwin, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Broome.

Things to do in Darwin

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Magnetic Termite Mounds, Territory Wildlife Park, Litchfield National Park
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 23:
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RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility ©
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Territory Wildlife Park ©
Territory Wildlife Park

2
nights
Broome, Australia

Broome ©
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.
On the 24th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Broome Historical Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Cable Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): get interesting insight from Tours and then take in the dramatic natural features at Gantheaume Point.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Broome trip builder.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Darwin to Broome in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Darwin to Broome, you'll gain 1.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Darwin in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Broome, with lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Broome

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 25:
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Broome Historical Museum ©
Broome Historical Museum
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Cable Beach ©
Cable Beach

4
nights
Margaret River, Australia

Margaret River ©
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Lake Cave and Canal Rocks. Relax by the water at Meelup Beach and Gnarabup Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Augusta (Jewel Cave & Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse) and Ngilgi Cave (in Yallingup). There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and look for all kinds of wild species at Sunflowers Animal Farm.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Margaret River trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Broome to Margaret River takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Albany.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Augusta, Yallingup, Meelup Beach
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 30:
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Jewel Cave ©
Jewel Cave
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing

4
nights
Albany, Australia

Albany ©
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.
Get some cultural insight at National Anzac Centre and Albany's Historic Whaling Station. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Greens Pool and Middleton Beach. Step out of Albany to go to Walpole and see Tree Top Walk, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, don't miss a visit to Albany Wind Farm, tour the pleasant surroundings at Emu Point, and appreciate the history behind Desert Mounted Corps Memorial.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, refer to the Albany trip builder site.

Drive from Margaret River to Albany in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Albany can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Albany

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Tree Top Walk, Greens Pool
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Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Albany's Historic Whaling Station ©
Albany's Historic Whaling Station
National Anzac Centre ©
National Anzac Centre

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.
Get some cultural insight at Uluru and Kuniya Walk. Museum-lovers will get to explore Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre and Walkatjara Art. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, hike along Uluru Hiking Path, go for a walk through Lungkata Walk, and admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park travel route website.

You can fly from Albany to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 9.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1.5 hour difference. Traveling from Albany in September, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 83°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 6:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take some stellar pictures from Anzac Hill, contemplate the long history of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, and then identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Desert Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, then see the interesting displays at Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Reptile Centre.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Alice Springs day trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Alice Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in September, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Museums
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre

3
nights
Kangaroo Island, Australia

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Seal Bay Conservation Park and Raptor Domain. Escape the urban bustle at Flinders Chase National Park and Off-Road Tours. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kangaroo Island trip planning app.

Getting from Alice Springs to Kangaroo Island by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Off-Road Tours

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Blue Mountains and Lincoln's Rock. Visit The Rocks and St Peter Julian's Church for their historical value. Change things up with a short trip to Wentworth Falls in Wentworth Falls (about 1h 30 min away). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, take in nature's colorful creations at Chinese Garden of Friendship, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and stroll through Bondi to Coogee Walk.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Kangaroo Island to Sydney takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Kangaroo Island to Sydney is 0.5 hours. In September in Sydney, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Wentworth Falls, Blue Mountains, Bondi to Coogee Walk, Lincoln's Rock
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 16:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

2
nights
Port Macquarie, Australia

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, don't miss a visit to Breakwall Waking Path, then explore the striking landscape of Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie, and finally enjoy the sea views from Tacking Point Lighthouse. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Roto House, identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, and then trek along Coastal walk.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Port Macquarie planner.

Getting from Sydney to Port Macquarie by combination of flight and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Sydney, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie, ranging from highs of 58°F to lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 18:
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk

5
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.
Get some cultural insight at Rippon Vineyard and Chard Farm Winery. Explore hidden gems such as Lake Wanaka and Queenstown Hill. Explore Queenstown's surroundings by going to Cardrona Alpine Resort (in Cardrona) and Wanaka (in Wanaka). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Arrowtown Village, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Coronet Peak, tee off at Queenstown Golf Club, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

Plan my Queenstown trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

You can fly from Port Macquarie to Queenstown in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Port Macquarie to Queenstown is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Wanaka, Arrowtown Village, Cardrona Alpine Resort
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 24:
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Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Cardrona Alpine  Resort ©
Cardrona Alpine Resort

5
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village and Mt Maunganui Main Beach. Get in touch with nature at Mount Maunganui Summit Track and Waimangu Volcanic Valley. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: Taupo (Great Lake Trail, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more), Mount Maunganui Base Track (in Mount Maunganui) and Waitomo Glowworm Caves (in Waitomo Caves). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, don't miss a visit to Fancy Meow Cat Cafe, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Rotorua trip builder site.

You can fly from Queenstown to Rotorua in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Taupo, Tauranga, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village ©
Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley

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