20 days in Australia & Christchurch Itinerary

20 days in Australia & Christchurch Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Melbourne, Australia
— 4 nights
2
Cairns, Australia
— 3 nights
3
Brisbane, Australia
— 3 nights
4
Sydney, Australia
— 5 nights
5
Christchurch, New Zealand
— 2 nights

4
nights
Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Melbourne Gaol and St Paul's Cathedral. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, browse the collection at State Library Victoria, and stroll around Fitzroy Gardens.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne road trip website.

New Delhi, India to Melbourne is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from New Delhi to Melbourne, you'll lose 4.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New Delhi in April, expect Melbourne to be cooler, temps between 23°C and 11°C. On the 5th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cairns route planning tool.

Getting from Melbourne to Cairns by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. When traveling from Melbourne in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cairns, with highs around 34°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 26°C. On the 8th (Fri), you'll travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

3
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.
Albert Street Uniting Church and Customs House will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, walk around South Bank Parklands, and admire all the interesting features of Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

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

You can fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Cairns in April; daily highs in Brisbane reach 30°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Albert Street Uniting Church ©
Albert Street Uniting Church
Customs House ©
Customs House

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate The Rocks and Government House. Visit Bondi Beach and Manly Beach for some beach relaxation. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Manly to see Shelly Beach about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk, and explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planner.

You can fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. When traveling from Brisbane in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sydney: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 17°C at night. On the 16th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Shelly Beach, Bondi to Coogee Walk
Highlights from your plan
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

2
nights
Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 17th (Sun), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, then contemplate the long history of Mona Vale, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Little River Gallery, contemplate the long history of Ferrymead Heritage Park, then get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Christchurch Cathedral.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Christchurch trip builder tool.

Getting from Sydney to Christchurch by flight takes about 6.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Sydney in April, with highs in Christchurch at 20°C and lows at 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Little River Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Mona Vale ©
Mona Vale
Ferrymead Heritage Park ©
Ferrymead Heritage Park

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