60 days in South Pacific & Asia Itinerary

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Melbourne, Australia
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Adelaide, Australia
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Perth, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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Cairns, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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Port Vila, Vanuatu
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Nadi, Fiji
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Hong Kong, China
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay), Heronswood (in Dromana) and Mt Martha (Wine Compass & Balcombe Estuary Reserves). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, and get to know the resident critters at Werribee Open Range Zoo.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne day trip planning tool.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Melbourne is an approximately 24-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Copenhagen to Melbourne. When traveling from Copenhagen in December, plan for much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Melbourne: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Adelaide.
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Adelaide, Australia — 7 nights

Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Adelaide: Tanunda (Langmeil Winery & Underground Barossa), Kies Family Wines (in Lyndoch) and McLaren Vale (Fox Creek Wines, Primo Estate, &more). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Migration Museum, do a tasting at National Wine Centre of Australia, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of South Australia.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Adelaide trip website.

Fly from Melbourne to Adelaide in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Melbourne to Adelaide due to the time zone difference. In January in Adelaide, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Perth.
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Perth, Australia — 7 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Perth: Mandurah (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Halls Head Beach), Top Gun Tours (in West Swan) and Fremantle Prison (in Fremantle). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Kings Park and Botanic Garden, pause for some photo ops at State War Memorial, steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, and get engrossed in the history at The Nostalgia Box Museum.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Perth travel planning site.

You can fly from Adelaide to Perth in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Adelaide to Perth is minus 1.5 hours. Traveling from Adelaide in January, you will find days in Perth are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for the flight to Brisbane.
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Brisbane, Australia — 7 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 Brisbane's surroundings by going to Spas (in Buderim), Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford) and Surfers Paradise Beach (in Surfers Paradise). There's much more to do: walk around South Bank Parklands, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick back and relax at Bulcock Beach, and identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane tour planner.

Fly from Perth to Brisbane in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Brisbane is 2 hours. While traveling from Perth, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Brisbane, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to fly to Cairns.
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Cairns, Australia — 6 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Port Douglas (Safaris, Horseback Riding Tours, &more), Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti). Spend the 30th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Blue Sky Brewery, and look for gifts at Pure Synergie Skin Store.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cairns holiday planner.

Getting from Brisbane to Cairns by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Sydney.
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Sydney, Australia — 8 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 these side-trips from Sydney: Wentworth Falls Lookout (in Wentworth Falls) and Leura Cascades (in Leura). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and stroll through Bondi Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Sydney attractions planner.

Fly from Cairns to Sydney in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Cairns in February: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 31°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Port Vila.
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Port Vila, Vanuatu — 4 nights

The capital of Vanuatu and the largest settlement on Efate, Port Vila plays home to a number of busy markets, cafes, bars, and restaurants catering to the tourism industry.
Step out of Port Vila to go to Pele Island and see Pele Island, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: head off the coast to Iririki Island, admire the natural beauty at The Secret Garden, find something for the whole family at Wet N Wild Adventure Park, and admire the sheer force of Evergreen Cascades Waterfall.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Port Vila road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Sydney to Port Vila in 6.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Port Vila due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Sydney, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Port Vila, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to fly to Nadi.
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Nadi, Fiji — 5 nights

Home to the country's primary international airport, Nadi serves as the gateway to Fiji.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nadi: Sigatoka (Baravi Handcrafts & Cafe, Diveaway Fiji, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Garden of the Sleeping Giant, take in the waterfront activity at Port Denarau Marina, take in the dramatic natural features at Sabeto Hot Springs and Mud Pool, and take in the natural beauty of Tifajek Mud Pool & Hot Spring.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Nadi day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Port Vila to Nadi takes 5 hours. The time zone changes from Vanuatu Standard Time to Fiji Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In February in Nadi, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow time for the flight to Hong Kong.
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Hong Kong, China — 7 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hong Kong: Macau (Macao Museum, Ruins of St. Paul's, &more). Pack the 23rd (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 24th (Fri) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), make a trip to Hong Kong Skyline, walk around Nan Lian Garden, and examine the collection at Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hong Kong day trip app.

Getting from Nadi to Hong Kong by flight takes about 13.5 hours. Traveling from Nadi to Hong Kong, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Nadi in February, things will get little chillier in Hong Kong: highs are around 23°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.
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