18 days in Australia & Wellington Itinerary

18 days in Australia & Wellington Itinerary

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18 days in Australia & Wellington Itinerary

Start: Flint, United States
Fly:  25​h
1
Brisbane, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Cairns, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Wellington, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: Flint, United States

2
nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art. Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel) and Nepalese Pagoda will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach, and see the interesting displays at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane itinerary app .

Flint, USA to Brisbane is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Flint to Brisbane is 15 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Flint in November; daily highs in Brisbane reach 80°F and lows reach 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, then learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, and then experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip tool .

Fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 87°F and lows about 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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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 Australian National Maritime Museum and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Step out of the city life by going to Manly Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. The adventure continues: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of The Rocks, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip builder site .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Sydney takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in November, expect Sydney to be slightly colder, temps between 77°F and 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): hunt for treasures at Degraves Street, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, then kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach, then learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and then wander the streets of Melbourne Central.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne road trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Melbourne, with lows of 50°F. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Tue) before leaving for Wellington.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa) and The Great War Exhibition. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Wellington Cable Car and Old St Paul's. Spend the 22nd (Fri) on a tasty journey with a beer tour and tasting. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, appreciate the history behind Paddy the Wanderer Monument, take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, and take a stroll through Cuba Street District.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Wellington trip planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Wellington in 6.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Wellington. Traveling from Melbourne in November, expect nights in Wellington to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are little chillier, around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Tonga Island Marine Reserve
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Tonga Island Marine Reserve ©
Tonga Island Marine Reserve

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