22 days in Australia, Fiji & Tahiti Itinerary

22 days in Australia, Fiji & Tahiti Itinerary

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22 days in Australia, Fiji & Tahiti Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Bus + Fly:  18 h 45 min
1
Nadi, Fiji
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h 15 min
2
Brisbane, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
3
Cairns, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h
5
Alice Springs, Australia
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h
6
Perth, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
7
Adelaide, Australia
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 30 min
8
Hobart, Australia
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 45 min
9
Melbourne, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
10
Canberra, Australia
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
11
Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  14 h
12
Papeete, French Polynesia
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  18 h 15 min
End: New York City, United States

1
night
Nadi, Fiji

Home to the country's primary international airport, Nadi serves as the gateway to Fiji.
On the 28th (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at Sabeto Hot Springs and Mud Pool and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Nadi trip builder tool .

New York City, USA to Nadi is an approximately 19-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from New York City to Nadi. In December, Nadi is warmer than New York City - with highs of 87°F and lows of 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Nadi

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Sabeto Hot Springs and Mud Pool ©
Sabeto Hot Springs and Mud Pool

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then explore the world behind art at Gallery of Modern Art, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel). Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, then explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, and then stroll through Moffat Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip itinerary app .

Traveling by flight from Nadi to Brisbane takes 6.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Nadi to Brisbane is minus 2 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Nadi in December: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 82°F and lows are around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
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Gallery of Modern Art ©
Gallery of Modern Art
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach

2
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.
On the 31st (Tue), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then view the masterpieces at Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Village Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary builder .

Fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Brisbane in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cairns, with highs around 88°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
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.
On the 2nd (Thu), admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuniya Walk. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and finally get outside with Walpa Gorge.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park tour itinerary website .

Getting from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Cairns in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 99°F by day to 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

1
night
Alice Springs, Australia

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
On the 4th (Sat), browse the exhibits of Jila Arts, steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, then explore the galleries of Talapi, then identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Alice Springs travel route site .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Alice Springs by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. In January, daily temperatures in Alice Springs can reach 96°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park

2
nights
Perth, Australia

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): kick back and relax at Cottesloe Beach, then contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, and then explore the activities along Swan River.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Perth online trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Alice Springs to Perth in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Alice Springs to Perth, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Alice Springs in January; daily highs in Perth reach 90°F and lows reach 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Cottesloe Beach
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
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Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint
Swan River ©
Swan River

1
night
Adelaide, Australia

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Migration Museum, learn more about the world around you at South Australian Museum, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of South Australia, then do a tasting at Ashton Hills Vineyard, and finally admire the masterpieces at Flinders University Art Museum & City Gallery. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Semaphore Beach, then contemplate the long history of Adelaide Oval, then wander the streets of Rundle Mall, and finally hunt for treasures at Adelaide Central Market.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Adelaide trip itinerary maker site .

You can fly from Perth to Adelaide in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Perth to Adelaide, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Perth, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Adelaide, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Adelaide

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ashton Hills Vineyard, Semaphore Beach
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 7:
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Art Gallery of South Australia ©
Art Gallery of South Australia
Migration Museum
Migration Museum
South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum

1
night
Hobart, Australia

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, then contemplate the long history of Constitution Dock, then identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Seven Mile Beach.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hobart trip planner .

Fly from Adelaide to Hobart in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Adelaide in January; daily highs in Hobart reach 73°F and lows reach 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Seven Mile Beach
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Seven Mile Beach ©
Seven Mile Beach

2
nights
Melbourne, Australia

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, and then get into the urban bustle at Federation Square. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour and then take a stroll through Melbourne Central.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne trip planner .

You can fly from Hobart to Melbourne in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Hobart in January, expect nights in Melbourne to be about the same, around 58°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 81°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping Tours Museums
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Balloon Rides
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

1
night
Canberra, Australia

Canberra ©
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 (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Floriade, then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, then make a trip to Mugga-Mugga Cottage, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Burley Griffin.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Canberra trip planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Canberra sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Mugga-Mugga Cottage
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Mugga-Mugga Cottage ©
Mugga-Mugga Cottage
Floriade ©
Floriade

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Bondi Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Manly Beach, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market, and wander the streets of The Rocks.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Sydney trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Canberra to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Canberra in January since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Papeete.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14:
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

2
nights
Papeete, French Polynesia

Papeete ©
The capital of French Polynesia, Pape'ete amounts to little more than a medium-sized town by Western standards, but it is still a thriving hub of culture and commerce.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): browse the eclectic array of goods at Municipal Market, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Tahiti and the Islands, and then kick back and relax at Punaauia Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at The Water Gardens of Vaipahi, look for gifts at Viamiti Perles, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Point Venus.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Papeete trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Papeete takes 14 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Tahiti Time (TAHT), which is usually a -20 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Papeete when traveling from Sydney in January, with lows around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Papeete

Parks Shopping Beaches

Side Trips

Punaauia, The Water Gardens of Vaipahi, Point Venus
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 16:
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The Water Gardens of  Vaipahi ©
The Water Gardens of Vaipahi
Museum of Tahiti and the Islands ©
Museum of Tahiti and the Islands
Point Venus ©
Point Venus

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