40 days in Australia & Auckland Itinerary

40 days in Australia & Auckland Itinerary

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Perth, Australia
— 8 nights
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Melbourne, Australia
— 6 nights
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Sydney, Australia
— 6 nights
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Brisbane, Australia
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Perth, Australia

— 8 nights

City of Light

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fremantle Prison and The Nostalgia Box Museum. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Cottesloe Beach and Warnbro Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Perth side-trips: Fremantle Markets (in Fremantle), Sorrento Beach (in Sorrento) and Zig Zag Scenic Drive (in Gooseberry Hill). Dedicate the 23rd (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: stroll around Kings Park and Botanic Garden, enjoy the sand and surf at City Beach, stroll through Trigg Beach, and contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Perth tour itinerary planning site.

London, UK to Perth is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Western Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from London in February; daily highs in Perth reach 38°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time for travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Perth

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 21 — Mar 2:

Melbourne, Australia

— 6 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Melbourne Museum and Royal Exhibition Building. Get in touch with nature at The Great Ocean Road and YCW Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Melbourne side-trips: National Vietnam Veterans Museum (in Newhaven) and Sea All Dolphin Swims (in Queenscliff). Dedicate the 4th (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, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance, and examine the collection at Australian Sports Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne online travel route planner.

Fly from Perth to Melbourne in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Perth to Melbourne. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Perth in March; daily highs in Melbourne reach 30°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 2 — 9:

Sydney, Australia

— 6 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.
Get in touch with nature at Bondi to Coogee Walk and Shelly Beach. Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to The Crommelin Native Arboretum (in Pearl Beach), Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park (in Blacktown) and Walkabout Wildlife Sanctuary (in Calga). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through The Rocks, explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, look for all kinds of wild species at Blues Point Reserve, and have unforgettable encounters with Dive Centre Manly.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney driving holiday planner.

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sydney, with lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 9 — 15:

Brisbane, Australia

— 4 nights

Australia's New World City

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 outdoors at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Surfers Paradise Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Queensland Art Gallery and Opal Museum. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, explore the activities along The Brisbane River, and contemplate the long history of Boggo Road Gaol (Jail).

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. On the 19th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors

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Find places to stay Mar 15 — 19:

Auckland, New Zealand

— 12 nights

City of Sails

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.
Get some cultural insight at Auckland Museum and Matakana War Memorial. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Piha Beach and Browns Bay Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Auckland side-trips: Orewa Beach (in Orewa), Red Beach (in Red Beach) and Warkworth (Omaha Beach & Tawharanui Regional Park). On the 25th (Fri), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to SkyTower, head off the coast to Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre, get impressive views of Rangitoto Island, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Auckland trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Auckland takes 7 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Auckland is 2 hours. When traveling from Brisbane in March, plan for a bit cooler days in Auckland, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 19 — Apr 1:

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.