22 days in Australia, Rotorua & Queenstown Itinerary

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Perth, Australia
— 4 nights
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Melbourne, Australia
— 3 nights
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Brisbane, Australia
— 3 nights
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Sydney, Australia
— 2 nights
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Perth, Australia — 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rockingham Beach and Matilda Bay Reserve. Take a break from the city and head to South Beach Recreation Reserve and Point Peron. Step out of Perth with an excursion to Sorrento Beach in Sorrento--about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, take some stellar pictures from Fraser Avenue Lookout, kick back and relax at Trigg Beach, and take an in-depth tour of The Nostalgia Box Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Perth trip planner.

Sarasota, USA to Perth is an approximately 32-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Western Standard Time is 13 hours. In January, Perth is a bit warmer than Sarasota - with highs of 90°F and lows of 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Melbourne.
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Melbourne, Australia — 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Brighton Beach and ArtVo. Get in touch with nature at St Kilda Pier and Kokoda Trail Memorial Walk. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, admire the striking features of Royal Exhibition Building, and see Cheap AZ Travel.

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Fly from Perth to Melbourne in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Perth in January, expect Melbourne to be little chillier, temps between 81°F and 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to fly to Brisbane.
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Brisbane, Australia — 3 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.
On the 20th (Fri), get great views at Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout and then walk around South Bank Parklands. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, see the interesting displays at Opal Museum, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Daisy Hill Conservation Park and Koala Centre.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip planner.

Fly from Melbourne to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Brisbane when traveling from Melbourne in January, with lows around 71°F. On the 22nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Rotorua.
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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.
Get outdoors at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park and Blue Lake Track. Discover out-of-the-way places like Mount Maunganui Base Track and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Take a break from Rotorua with a short trip to Pilot Bay in Mount Maunganui, about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, get interesting insight from Tours, and explore the activities along Kerosene Creek.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rotorua online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Brisbane to Rotorua in 8.5 hours. Traveling from Brisbane to Rotorua, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Brisbane in January, with highs in Rotorua at 74°F and lows at 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Queenstown.
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Fishing Charters & Tours. Visiting Zipline and Lake Hayes Walkway will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt Crichton Loop Track, hike along Tiki Trail, explore the landscape on two wheels at Queenstown Trail, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Queenstown trip app.

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Queenstown takes 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 28th (Sat) so you can fly to Sydney.
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Sydney, Australia — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Scenic Walkway, then enjoy the sand and surf at Shelly Beach, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk and then stroll through Bronte Beach.

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

You can fly from Queenstown to Sydney in 6 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Queenstown to Sydney. January in Sydney sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Australia travel guide

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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.
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