30 days in Oceania Itinerary

30 days in Oceania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Oceania itinerary planner

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Train to Barcelona, Fly to Cairns
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Port Douglas, Australia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cairns, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly
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Melbourne, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly to Queenstown, Bus to Te Anau
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Te Anau, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Bus
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly
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Taupo, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly
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Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
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Port Douglas, Australia

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): look for gifts at Coffee Works Port Douglas, then view the masterpieces at Ngarru Gallery, then soak in some Japanese tradition at The Deep Retreat : Deep Yoga Studio : Deep Pilates Studio, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, then get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Port Douglas holiday planner.

Madrid, Spain to Port Douglas is an approximately 28-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. In November, Port Douglas is much hotter than Madrid - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 4:

Cairns, Australia

— 3 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Spas in Palm Cove--about 34 minutes away. Spend the 5th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 6th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cairns trip planner.

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 4 — 7:

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

— 3 nights
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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore and take pictures at Uluru, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is minus 0.5 hours. When traveling from Cairns in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 41°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 10:

Melbourne, Australia

— 4 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 12th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, stroll around Fitzroy Gardens, and pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 0.5 hours. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in November: highs in Melbourne hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Sun) before leaving for Te Anau.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 14:

Te Anau, New Zealand

— 3 nights
Set among the picturesque peaks and glacially carved fiords of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau offers those wishing to explore the park a great place to stay and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a small town in an enviable location.
Te Anau is known for nature, trails, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Milford Sound, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Gunn, relax and rejuvenate at Fiordland Massage Clinic, and explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Te Anau online itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Melbourne to Te Anau in 10 hours. Traveling from Melbourne to Te Anau, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 14 — 17:

Queenstown, New Zealand

— 3 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Queenstown travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 20:

Taupo, New Zealand

— 2 nights

Great Cloak of Tia

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then let the kids burn off some steam at Huka Prawn Park, and finally don't miss a visit to Maori Rock Carvings. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): examine the collection at Taupo Museum, hike along Huka Falls Walkway, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Taupo day trip website.

You can fly from Queenstown to Taupo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 22:

Rotorua, New Zealand

— 3 nights

Sulphur City

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.
Rotorua is known for nature, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, witness a stunning natural landmark at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and admire all the interesting features of Te Puia.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Rotorua journey planner.

You can drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in November, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 25:

Sydney, Australia

— 4 nights

The Harbour City

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, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney planner.

Getting from Rotorua to Sydney by flight takes about 8 hours. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Rotorua to Sydney due to the time zone difference. In November, Sydney is a bit warmer than Rotorua - with highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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