22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Kakadu National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
2
Alice Springs
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  2​h
5
Cow Bay
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 15​min
6
Blue Mountains National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
9
Perth
— 3 nights
End: Perth

2
nights
Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Ubirr.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kakadu National Park day trip planner .

Perth to Kakadu National Park is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Perth to Kakadu National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

#Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 19:
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Ubirr ©
Ubirr

1
night
Alice Springs

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.
For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Alice Springs trip app .

Traveling by flight from Kakadu National Park to Alice Springs takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Alice Springs, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

#Nature, #Parks
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 20:
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Mount Gillen ©
Mount Gillen

2
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. On your second day here, get outside with Walpa Gorge, hike along Kuniya Walk, and then explore the striking landscape at Uluru.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip site .

Getting from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In October, daily temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 22:
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Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Uluru ©
Uluru
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

2
nights
Cairns

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 22nd (Mon), admire all the interesting features of Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Cow Bay.

Things to do in Cairns

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Adventure

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 24:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

1
night
Cow Bay

Cow Bay ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): get curious at Daintree Discovery Centre, experience rural life at Daintree Tea, and then take a peaceful walk through Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Cow Bay vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Cairns to Cow Bay takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle, car, and ferry. In October in Cow Bay, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Blue Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Cow Bay

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, Daintree Tea
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

3
nights
Blue Mountains National Park

Blue Mountains National Park ©
This is the official community page for Blue Mountains National Park. On the 25th (Thu), admire all the interesting features of Pulpit Rock Lookout. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, take some stellar pictures from Govetts Leap, then admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, and finally make a trip to Leura Cascades.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Blue Mountains National Park itinerary planner .

Explore your travel options from Cow Bay to Blue Mountains National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Cow Bay in October, things will get a bit cooler in Blue Mountains National Park: highs are around 30°C and lows about 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Blue Mountains National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Leura, The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Jenolan Caves, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Govetts Leap
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Everglades Historic House and Gardens ©
Jenolan Caves ©
Jenolan Caves
The National Pass ©
The National Pass

3
nights
Sydney

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, kick back and relax at Coogee Beach, and appreciate the history behind Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Sydney day trip website .

You can drive from Blue Mountains National Park to Sydney in 2.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Blue Mountains National Park in October since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne online travel route planner .

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sydney in October: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 24°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Museums, #Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 3:
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

3
nights
Perth

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 4th (Sun): contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, then contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, and then admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Kings Park War Memorial, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cottesloe Beach, and then contemplate the long history of Fremantle Prison.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Perth day trip website .

You can fly from Melbourne to Perth in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Australian Western Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In November, Perth is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 33°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Cottesloe Beach, Fremantle Prison, Scarborough Beach
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

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