23 days in Australia, Bali & Queenstown Itinerary

23 days in Australia, Bali & Queenstown Itinerary

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23 days in Australia, Bali & Queenstown Itinerary

Start: Mumbai, India
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  11​h 45​min
1
Ubud, Indonesia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Seminyak, Indonesia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Cairns, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Brisbane, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h
6
Hobart, Australia
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Melbourne, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Sydney, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Mumbai, India

2
nights
Ubud, Indonesia

Ubud ©
Experience small-town Bali in Ubud, an atmospheric town surrounded by small settlements, farms, and rice paddies.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Saraswati Temple, look for all kinds of wild species at Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Safari Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tirta Empul Temple, and then make a trip to Tegalalang Rice Terrace.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Ubud trip planner .

Mumbai, India to Ubud is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Central Indonesia Time (WITA), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Ubud when traveling from Mumbai in December, with lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Seminyak.

Things to do in Ubud

Spas Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Tirta Empul Temple, Elephant Safari Park
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Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary ©
Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
Spas
Tirta Empul Temple ©
Tirta Empul Temple

2
nights
Seminyak, Indonesia

Seminyak ©
A popular resort town offering a good range of tourist trips, activities, and amenities, Seminyak houses numerous tour companies providing excursions into the jungles of Bali.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): cool off at Waterbom Bali and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uluwatu Temple, then stop by Krakakoa Chocolate Factory & Store, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tanah Lot Temple.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Seminyak online tour builder .

Drive from Ubud to Seminyak in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Seminyak are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Seminyak

Theme Parks Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Tanah Lot Temple, Uluwatu Temple, Waterbom Bali
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Waterbom Bali ©
Waterbom Bali
Tanah Lot Temple
Tanah Lot Temple
Uluwatu Temple ©
Uluwatu Temple

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Safaris (in Port Douglas) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). Spend the 12th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, appreciate the history behind Cairns Cenotaph, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To find out how to plan a trip to Cairns, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Seminyak to Cairns by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Seminyak to Cairns. In December, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then walk around South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): have some family-friendly fun at Psychic Readings Twin Featherz, then identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cairns in December: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 32°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

3
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.
Go for a jaunt from Queenstown to Te Anau to see Milford Sound about 1h 50 min away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Hollyford Track, pause for some photo ops at William Gilbert Rees Statue, get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown travel route planner.

Getting from Brisbane to Queenstown by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Brisbane to Queenstown, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound
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Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown

1
night
Hobart, Australia

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, get engrossed in the history at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hobart trip planner .

Fly from Queenstown to Hobart in 9 hours. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Tasmania) is minus 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

3
nights
Melbourne, Australia

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

For more things to do and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne day trip tool .

You can fly from Hobart to Melbourne in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Hobart in December, expect nights in Melbourne to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Outdoors
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sydney, with lows of 21°C. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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