54 days in Oceania Itinerary

54 days in Oceania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Pacific planner

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Melbourne, Australia
— 7 nights
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Canberra, Australia
— 1 night
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Sydney, Australia
— 6 nights
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Byron Bay, Australia
— 3 nights
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Brisbane, Australia
— 5 nights
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Fly to Hervey Bay, Ferry to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Drive to Fraser Island
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Fraser Island, Australia
— 3 nights
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Drive to Fraser Island Kingfisher Bay, Ferry to River Heads, Fly to Whitsunday Island
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Whitsunday Island, Australia
— 2 nights
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Cairns, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly to Queenstown, Bus to Te Anau
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Te Anau, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 5 nights
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Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Shuttle to Taupo, Bus to Rotorua
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Auckland, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Melbourne, Australia

— 7 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Melbourne side-trips: Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee) and The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay). Dedicate the 7th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. On the 9th (Sat), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, get engrossed in the history at Jewish Holocaust Centre, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Melbourne road trip planner.

San Diego, USA to Melbourne is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 18 hours. Traveling from San Diego in April, expect a bit cooler with lows of 50°F in Melbourne. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Parks · Wineries · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 3 — 10:

Canberra, Australia

— 1 night

The Bush Capital

A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
On the 11th (Mon), glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and then ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia. On the next day, engage your brain at Questacon, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, and then make a trip to Mount Ainslie Lookout.

Make your Canberra itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Canberra takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Melbourne in April since evenings lows in Canberra dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to fly to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums · Childrens Museums · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 12:

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Shelly Beach in Manly (about 36 minutes away). There's still lots to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, stroll through Bondi to Coogee Walk, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Sydney takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sydney, with lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to fly to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 12 — 18:

Byron Bay, Australia

— 3 nights
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Take a break from Byron Bay with a short trip to Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre in Murwillumbah, about 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: meet some fierce fish with Sundive Byron Bay, enjoy the sand and surf at Belongil Beach, get impressive views of Mount Warning, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay sightseeing planning tool.

You can fly from Sydney to Byron Bay in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Byron Bay are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks · Outdoors · Fun & Games · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 18 — 22:

Brisbane, Australia

— 5 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brisbane: Surfers Paradise Beach (in Surfers Paradise), Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach) and Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford). The adventure continues: walk around South Bank Parklands, get great views at Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane tour builder.

Drive from Byron Bay to Brisbane in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 22 — 27:

Fraser Island, Australia

— 3 nights
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Waddy Point and then enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island day trip planner.

Getting from Brisbane to Fraser Island by combination of flight, ferry, and car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Apr 27 — 30:

Whitsunday Island, Australia

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands National Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Whitsunday Island trip itinerary builder app.

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Whitsunday Island in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Whitsunday Island can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to fly to Cairns.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 2:

Cairns, Australia

— 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Safaris, &more), Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda) and Spas (in Palm Cove). Spend the 3rd (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 7th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, make a trip to Captain Cook Highway Rock Stacks, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cairns road trip planning site.

Getting from Whitsunday Island to Cairns by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in May, Cairns is a bit warmer at night with lows of 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 2 — 7:

Te Anau, New Zealand

— 4 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.
Explore Te Anau's surroundings by going to Milford Sound (Milford sound Hwy & Boat Tours & Water Sports). Spend the 8th (Sun) exploring at Doubtful Sound. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, relax and rejuvenate at Fiordland Massage Clinic, stroll through The Chasm Walk, and Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Te Anau trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cairns to Te Anau in 12.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairns to Te Anau is 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 8 — 12:

Queenstown, New Zealand

— 5 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.
Explore Queenstown's surroundings by going to Lake Wanaka (in Wanaka) and Glenorchy-Queenstown Road (in Mount Creighton). The adventure continues: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and take in nature's colorful creations at Queenstown Gardens.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Queenstown travel route planner.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can fly to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 12 — 17:

Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

— 3 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Tongariro National Park is known for trails, nature, and winter sports. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at Ohakune Old Coach Road, stroll through Taranaki Falls, get impressive views of Mount Ruapehu, and explore the activities along Tama Lakes.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park vacation app.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Tongariro National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, train, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
Find places to stay May 17 — 20:

Rotorua, New Zealand

— 1 night

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.
On the 21st (Sat), take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, then take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, and then view the masterpieces at New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua road trip app.

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Rotorua in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In May in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay May 20 — 21:

Auckland, New Zealand

— 4 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.
Auckland is known for nature, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to SkyTower, take a stroll through Devonport, get impressive views of Rangitoto Island, and go for a stroll along the water at Viaduct Harbour.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Auckland online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Auckland takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rotorua in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Auckland, with lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 21 — 25:

Australia travel guide

4.6
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Specialty Museums
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.

Whitsunday Islands travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Marinas
Set at the heart of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, Whitsunday Islands remain one of the most popular yachting destinations in the Southern Hemisphere, attracting over half a million travelers each year. Made up of 74 mainly uninhabited islands--only five boast resorts and several more allow camping--this exotic tropical getaway mesmerizes visitors with warm turquoise waters hugged by some of the finest beaches in the world. A trip to Whitsunday Islands is a feast for the senses. Sailing, kayaking, and power boating rank among the top things to do in Whitsunday Islands, next to diving and snorkeling, providing a chance to explore the seaways, pristine beaches, and secluded coves.

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.