16 days in Australia & French Polynesia Itinerary

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Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
Gold Coast, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly to Bora Bora, Ferry to Bora Bora
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
— 3 nights
Ferry to Bora Bora, Fly to Moorea, Taxi to Maharepa
Maharepa, French Polynesia
— 3 nights
Taxi to Moorea, Fly to Avatoru
Avatoru, French Polynesia
— 1 night
Drive to Rangiroa Airport, Fly to Pittsburgh


Sydney, Australia — 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bronte Beach and King Street. Kids will appreciate attractions like Bondi Beach and Palm Beach. Step out of Sydney with an excursion to Shelly Beach in Manly--about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, and wander the streets of The Rocks.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Sydney trip planning app.

Pittsburgh, USA to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. Traveling from Pittsburgh to Sydney, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Pittsburgh in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sydney: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can fly to Gold Coast.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Neighborhoods
Side Trips
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Gold Coast, Australia — 2 nights

A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
On the 21st (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Spirit of Gold Coast Whale Watching, then enjoy the sand and surf at Greenmount Beach, and then kick back and relax at Burleigh Head National Park. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Kurrawa Beach, then find something for the whole family at Sling Shot Gold Coast, then kick back and relax at Currumbin Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Tugun Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Gold Coast route maker.

You can fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Bora Bora.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 22:

Bora Bora, French Polynesia — 3 nights

There's a reason why many consider Bora Bora the most romantic island in the world.
Attractions like Matira Beach and La Perle de MAIMITI make great kid-friendly stops. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Paroisse Saint Pierre-Celestin Church. There's lots more to do: soothe aching muscles at Latitude Massage Bora Bora, view the masterpieces at Bora Art Upstairs, explore the galleries of Alain Despert, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Bora Bora day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Gold Coast to Bora Bora takes 21.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Gold Coast to Bora Bora is minus 20 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Maharepa.
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 25:

Maharepa, French Polynesia — 3 nights

You'll discover tucked-away gems like Moorea Miti Tours and Magic Mountain. Kids will enjoy Ta'ahiamanu Beach and Toatea Lookout.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Maharepa trip app.

You can do a combination of ferry, flight, and taxi from Bora Bora to Maharepa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight. In September, daily temperatures in Maharepa can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Avatoru.
Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
Side Trip
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 28:

Avatoru, French Polynesia — 1 night

The main draw to Avatoru is its stunning location at the northern end of Rangiroa's vast, turquoise coral lagoon.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): head off the coast to Ile aux Recifs and then discover the deep blue sea with Rairoa Fishing And Tours.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Avatoru attractions website.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Maharepa to Avatoru in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Nature · Tours · Parks · Outdoors
Side Trip
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 29:

Australia travel guide

Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Gardens
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.

French Polynesia travel guide

Scuba & Snorkeling · Gift & Specialty Shops · Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Spanning an area of the South Pacific as large as Western Europe, French Polynesia includes 118 islands and atolls scattered across the blue ocean. White sand beaches (and pink and black) skirt rugged island peaks, while magnificent coral reefs form tranquil lagoons, dyed a startling blue and teeming with fish, eels, dolphins, rays, turtles, and sharks. The names Tahiti and Bora Bora conjure up images of private thatched bungalows built out over a lagoon, and couples silhouetted against the sunset. That said, a wide range of family-run hotels and bed and breakfasts offer less extravagant (and surprisingly affordable) experiences that take in more of the laid-back local culture.